Poetry Tuesday

Poem Study: My Shadow

Let’s read a poem and study it together!

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Not sure how to study a poem? Here are some ideas! Choose one or all of these:

  1. Read aloud and enjoy the poem
  2. Neatly write out your favorite stanza for handwriting practice or…
  3. Copy and paste the poem into your word processor and print it out
  4. Draw a picture about the poem
  5. Circle or color-code the words that rhyme. (Learn about rhyme here!)
  6. Read more about the author’s life
  7. Share with someone you love <3

My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close besides me, he’s a coward, you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nurse as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

~Robert Louis Stevenson


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Poetry Activity (for kids, adults, and everyone in between): Write Your Own Nursery Rhymes

Advanced Poetry Lesson: Odes (Week 1 of 2)

Friday Story Share

Friday Story Share: Robert and the Kitties

And the winner for this Friday’s Storyshare is… Marigrace S.! Thank you for sharing your story, Marigrace! I loved every bit of it, especially the happy ending.

I hope this story inspires you to write your own!

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Robert and the Kitties
by Marigrace S, 1st grade

One summer day, a little kitty named Jack was snuggling in his owner’s house. His owner’s name was Marigrace. She loved her cat.

One day Jack ran outside to play. Marigrace went with him. They played on a cat toy.

Then all of a sudden, a mean dog ran toward them!

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Jack climbed off the toy and went back into Marigrace’s house because he was scared of the terrible dog. The dog was trying to attack the kitty!

Marigrace felt so sad and rushed in with Jack to protect him. The dog tried to get in, but Marigrace wouldn’t let him.

He scratched some paint off the door trying to get in! Then, all of a sudden, the dog rushed to another house because the dog saw another kitty!

The mean dog went in through a back door which had been left open and found the kitty inside the house. Marigrace saw all of this happen and rushed to the house. She got the kitty in her arms and ran as fast as she could to the owner, whose name was Heath.

Heath came and said, “Bad dog!” and he locked the mean dog in his cage. Heath did not let the dog outside to play for 4 days. The mean dog’s name was Robert and he was sad he had been mean. He just wanted to play with the kitties. So the owner said, “You may play outside, but you must be gentle to the kitties.”

From then on, Robert was so gentle. He and the two kitties were friends.

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