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Guided Highlighted Reading using poetry…
“A Bird Came Down The Walk” by Emily Dickinson 1893
#1
A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.
#2
And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.
#3
He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head
#4
Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home
#5
Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, plashless, as they swim
Vocabulary “A Bird Came Down The Walk”
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In stanza #1, find and highlight the word that means worm used as fishing bait.
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In stanza #2, find and highlight the word that means handy.
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In stanza #3, find and highlight the word that means quickly looked.
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In stanza #4, find and highlight the word that means careful.
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In stanza #5, find and highlight the word that means ridge.
“A Bird Came Down The Walk” by Emily Dickinson 1893
#1
A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.
#2
And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.
#3
He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head
#4
Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home
#5
Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, plashless, as they swim
Summary
“A Bird Came Down The Walk”
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In stanza #1, find and highlight what came down the walk.
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In stanza #1, highlight the line that implies the bird is unaware of the narrator.
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In stanza #1, find and highlight what was eaten raw.
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In stanza #2, find and highlight the source of water.
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In stanza #2, find and highlight what was not eaten.
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In stanza #3, find and highlight two visible signs the bird is uneasy.
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In stanza #4, find and highlight what the narrator/poet offers the bird to eat.
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In stanza #4, find and highlight the phrases that indicate the bird flew away.
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In stanza #5, find and highlight the other flying creature of nature mentioned.
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In stanza #5, highlight the word that indicates birds and butterflies make no sound in flight.
“A Bird Came Down The Walk” by Emily Dickinson 1893
#1
A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.
#2
And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.
#3
He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head
#4
Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home
#5
Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, plashless, as they swim
“A Bird Came Down The Walk” Guided Highlighted Reading for Craft
• When an author gives human characteristics to things that are not human, it is called personification.
In stanza #1, find and highlight the word the author uses to personify the worm as a man.
• In stanza #1, find and highlight the word that describes meat in the wild.
• When the beginnings of two or more words in a row sound alike, that is alliteration. In stanza #2,
find and highlight the alliteration used in the first line.
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In stanza #2, find and highlight the words that rhyme at the end of the lines.
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In stanza #2, find and highlight the creature that the bird allows to pass.
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When an author compares two unlike things using the words like or as, it is called a simile. (“Her hair is
coal black” is a metaphor. “Her hair is as black as coal” is a simile. ) In stanza #3, find and highlight the
simile used to describe the bird’s eyes
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When an author compares two unlike things without using the words like or as it is called a metaphor.
(“Her hair is coal black” is a metaphor. “Her hair is as black as coal” is a simile. ) In stanza #4, find and
highlight the metaphor used to describe the bird flying through the sky.
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In stanza #5, line one, find and highlight the noun that stands for or symbolizes wings.
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In stanza #5, line two, find and highlight a word that means “ the place where pieces are joined.”
“A Bird Came Down The Walk” by Emily Dickinson 1893
#1
A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.
#2
And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.
#3
He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head
#4
Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home
#5
Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, plashless, as they swim
On the backside of the paper , write a summary from what you’ve
learned about the poem.
Your summary needs to be 1-4 lines/sentences.
“A Bird Came Down The Walk” Multiple-Choice Answers
Here are the answers to the multiple choice questions.
1.
In the poem, “A Bird Came Down The Walk”, the poet compares the bird’s eyes to:
A. a beetle
B. velvet
C. beads
D. a seam
2.
In the line, “And then hopped sidewise to the wall/To let a beetle pass.” what does the word pass mean?
A. to take place
B. to spread
C. to exchange
D. to move by
3.
What genre is this selection?
A. mystery
B. poetry
C. fable
D. myth
4.
Which of the following lines uses personification?
A. “And then hopped sidewise to the wall/To let a beetle pass”
B. “I offered him a crumb/And he unrolled his feathers.”
C. “Than oars divide the ocean/Too silver for a seam”
D. “He bit an angle-worm in halves/And ate the fellow, raw”
5.
In stanza #5, which noun symbolizes wings?
A. silver
B. oars
C. seam
D. beam
“A Bird Came Down The Walk” Multiple-Choice Answers
Here are the answers to the multiple choice questions.
1.
In the poem, “A Bird Came Down The Walk”, the poet compares the bird’s eyes to:
A. a beetle
B. velvet
C. beads
D. a seam
2.
In the line, “And then hopped sidewise to the wall/To let a beetle pass.” what does the word pass mean?
A. to take place
B. to spread
C. to exchange
D. to move by
3.
What genre is this selection?
A. mystery
B. poetry
C. fable
D. myth
4.
Which of the following lines uses personification?
A. “And then hopped sidewise to the wall/To let a beetle pass”
B. “I offered him a crumb/And he unrolled his feathers.”
C. “Than oars divide the ocean/Too silver for a seam”
D. “He bit an angle-worm in halves/And ate the fellow, raw”
5.
In stanza #5, which noun symbolizes wings?
A. silver
B. oars
C. seam
D. beam
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