On Turning Ten

This On Turning Ten worksheet also includes:

"At four I was an Arabian wizard...but now I am mostly at the window, watching the late afternoon light." Pupils read a moving piece by award-winning American poet Billy Collins about youth and growing up, and then respond to a series of questions assessing their comprehsnion and impression of the text.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As an extension activity, have learners share this poem with their families, parents, or other adults and get their impression of the text's main message
  • After finishing their work and discussion of the poem, offer a writing prompt to your young writers that begins "On Turning ___", and have them write a similar poem from a different perspective
Classroom Considerations

  • It would be beneficial for students to have had some background in poetry analysis, particulary of free-verse poems, prior to beginning this worksheet

  • Entire text of poem provided
  • Powerful text that will spark interest and discussion
  • Both reading comprehension and discussion questions included

  • No suggested answers or instructional tips provided, though answers will vary to most of the questions