Love That Boy
by
Walter Dean Myers
K.7 (A) respond to rhythm and
rhyme in poetry through
identifying a regular beat and
similarities in word sounds.
1.8(A) respond to and use rhythm,
rhyme, and alliteration in poetry.
2.7(A) describe how rhyme,
rhythm, and repetition interact to
create images in poetry.
3.6(A) describe the characteristics
of various forms of poetry and how
they create imagery (e.g., narrative
poetry, lyrical poetry, humorous
poetry, free verse).
4.4(A) explain how the structural
elements of poetry (e.g., rhyme,
meter, stanzas, line breaks) relate
to form (e.g., lyrical poetry, free
verse).
5.4(A) analyze how poets use sound
effects (e.g., alliteration, internal
rhyme, onomatopoeia, rhyme
scheme) to reinforce meaning in
poems.
Love That Boy by Walter Dean Myers
Love that boy,
like a rabbit loves to run
I said I love that boy
like a rabbit loves to run
5 Love to call him in the morning
love to call him
"Hey there, son!"
He walk like his Grandpa,
Grins like his Uncle Ben.
10 I said he walk like his Grandpa,
And grins like his Uncle Ben.
Grins when he’s happy,
When he sad, he grins again.
His mama like to hold him,
15 Like to feed him cherry pie.
I said his mama like to hold him.
Like to feed him that cherry pie.
She can have him now,
I’ll get him by and by
He got long roads to walk down
Before the setting sun.
I said he got a long, long road to walk down
Before the setting sun.
He’ll be a long stride walker,
25 And a good man before he done..
20
Love That Boy by Walter Dean Myers
Love that boy,
like a rabbit loves to run
I said I love that boy
like a rabbit loves to run
5 Love to call him in the morning
love to call him
"Hey there, son!"
He walk like his Grandpa,
Grins like his Uncle Ben.
10 I said he walk like his Grandpa,
And grins like his Uncle Ben.
Grins when he’s happy,
When he sad, he grins again.
This poem is an example of a
narrative poem because
• A) it tells a funny story
B) it uses rhyme
• C) it uses imagery
• D) it tells a story about a father
who loves his son
Love That Boy by Walter Dean Myers
Love that boy,
like a rabbit loves to run
I said I love that boy
like a rabbit loves to run
5 Love to call him in the morning
love to call him
"Hey there, son!"
He walk like his Grandpa,
Grins like his Uncle Ben.
10 I said he walk like his Grandpa,
And grins like his Uncle Ben.
Grins when he’s happy,
When he sad, he grins again.
Who is the speaker talking about
in this poem?
• A) the speaker is talking about a
rabbit
• B) the speaker is talking about a
Grandpa
• C) the speaker is talking about
how a father loves his son
• D) the speaker is talking about
an uncle
Love That Boy by Walter Dean Myers
Love that boy,
like a rabbit loves to run
I said I love that boy
like a rabbit loves to run
5 Love to call him in the morning
love to call him
"Hey there, son!"
He walk like his Grandpa,
Grins like his Uncle Ben.
10 I said he walk like his Grandpa,
And grins like his Uncle Ben.
Grins when he’s happy,
When he sad, he grins again.
In line 12 the word grins means
• A) laughs
• B) smiles
• C) frowns
• D) grimaces
His mama like to hold him,
15 Like to feed him cherry pie.
I said his mama like to hold him.
Like to feed him that cherry pie.
She can have him now,
I’ll get him by and by
He got long roads to walk down
Before the setting sun.
I said he got a long, long road to walk down
Before the setting sun.
He’ll be a long stride walker,
25 And a good man before he done..
20
The poet has the speaker repeats
lines because
• A) he wants the reader to hear
the the real way the speaker
talks
• B) he wants to describe how
the speaker feels
• C) he wants to rhyme
• D) he wants to describe a
picture or scene

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