“The Crowded House”. By Eva Jacob Illustrated by Holly Cooper. Setting Purpose Listen to Understand. Some poems are written to express opinions and feelings. Notice the differences between the open country and a crowded city. Self-Questioning Strategy.
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By Eva Jacob
Illustrated by Holly Cooper
These buildings are too close to me.
I’d like to PUSH away.
I’d like to live in the country.
And spread my arms all day.
I’d like to spread my breath out, too-
As farmers’ sons and daughters do.
I’d tend the cows and chickens.
I’d do the other chores.
Then, all the hours left I’d go
When I was a child in the city
Tall buildings made everything dark
And I longed to live on a meadow
As sunny as Central Park.
Now I live in the country
Where flowers and trees abound.
And squirrels, chipmunks, and foxes
Scurry across the ground.
And hidden by leaves in the treetops
An occasional glimmer of wing
Is followed by magical music
As the warblers begin to sing.
The lawns are aglow with roses,
They sky is the bluest of blue,
And the sun’s rays enter my window
As if to say, How do you do.
And yet, though I love the country
And find every part so pretty,
I long for the yard of my childhood
In the heart of New York City.
faster wisest bigger
slowest cooler hottest
soonest shorter kindest
louder slimmer wildest
tamer whitest strangest
lovable myself new
Places I feel
Using the text to support your answer,
what is the setting?
How many children do John and his wife have?
What parts of the text tell you this?
-Conflict is a problem in a story
-Resolution is fixing a problem . . . .
Remember: there is more than one way to fix a problem!
In “The Talent Show,” Beany was going to perform in the talent show with Carol Ann, but she did not want to. This is a conflict or problem.
Beany decided to perform by herself. This is resolution because it fixes the problem.
- Compare Beany and Jose.
Comparing tells how two or more things are alike
Beany and Jose both have to solve a problem.
- Contrast Beany and Jose.
Contrasting tells how two or more things are different
Beany likes cartwheels, but Jose likes baseball.
1. Bartholomew stops at
Mother does NOT 2.
want to hurt