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What can you do if you’re reading a long poem?. In the Garden A bird came down the walk: He did not know I saw; He bit an angle-worm in halves And ate the fellow, raw. In this lesson, you will learn how understand a poem by retelling what happens in each stanza. Poems have stanzas.

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What can you do if you re reading a long poem

What can you do if you’re reading a long poem?

In the Garden

A bird came down the walk:

He did not know I saw;

He bit an angle-worm in halves

And ate the fellow, raw.


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

In this lesson, you will learn how understand a poem by retelling what happens in each stanza.


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

Poems have stanzas.

In the Garden

A bird came down the walk:

He did not know I saw;

He bit an angle-worm in halves

And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew

From a convenient grass,

And then hopped sideways to the wall

To let a beetle pass.


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

Descriptive words can help us visualize a poem.


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

Parts you don’t understand

Parts you understand

STOP


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

The poet sees a bird appear.

The bird eats a worm.

In the Garden

A bird came down the walk:

He did not know I saw;

He bit an angle-worm in halves

And ate the fellow, raw.

Who is speaking?

What is happening?


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

In the Garden

A bird came down the walk:

He did not know I saw;

He bit an angle-worm in halves

And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew

From a convenient grass,

And then hopped sideways to the wall

To let a beetle pass.

The poet watches the bird drink water and let a beetle go by.

What is happening?

Who is speaking?


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

1

  • Read one stanza.

2

  • Ask yourself, “Who is speaking? What is

  • happening?”

3

Retell in your own words.


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

In this lesson, you have learned how to understand a poem by retelling what happens in each stanza.


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

  • Read the next stanza of “In the Garden.”

  • Ask yourself, “Who is speaking? What is happening?”

  • Then retell in your own words.

He glanced with rapid eyes

That hurried all abroad, -

They looked like frightened beads, I thought;

He stirred his velvet head


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

  • Find another poem that has many stanzas.

  • Practice retelling the poem one stanza at a time.


What can you do if you re reading a long poem

Like one in danger; cautious,

I offered him a crumb,

And he unrolled his feathers

And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide an ocean,

Too silver for a seam

Or butterflies, off banks of noon,

Leap, plashless, as they swim.

Read the final two stanzas of “In the Garden.”

Retell the stanzas by asking “Who is speaking? What is happening?”


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