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Read and Understand Poetry: 'The Kite'

In this worksheet, students read the poem 'The Kite' by Harry Behn and answer questions about it.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Listen to and Discuss Texts

Difficulty level:  

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QUESTION 1 of 10

This poem is called 'The Kite' and was written by Harry Behn. Read it aloud and try to picture the kite in your head as you read.

 

 

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The Kite

How bright on the blue

Is a kite when it's new!

 

With a dive and a dip

It snaps its tail

Then soars like a ship

With only a sail

 

As over tides

Of wind it rides

 

Climbs to the crest

Of a gust and pulls

Then seems to rest

As wind falls.

 

When string goes slack

You wind it back

 

And run until

A new breeze blows

And its wings fill

And up it goes!

 

How bright on the blue

Is a kite when it's new!

 

But a raggeder thing

You will never see

When it flaps on a string

In the top of a tree.

 

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In this worksheet you will be asked questions about the poem. Remember that you can look at it again by clicking the Help button.

Is the poem a rhyming poem or a non-rhyming poem?

rhyming

non-rhyming

The word blue is used in the first line of the poem. What is it referring to?

the colour of the kite

the sky

the sea

What is the kite compared to in the poem?

a tree

a ship

the wind

The poem says that the kite 'soars'. What does this mean?

It rises up into the sky.

It falls down from the sky.

It gets tangled in a tree.

Read these lines again.

 

As over tides

Of wind it rides

 

The poet is continuing to compare the kite in the sky with a ship on the sea.

 

Which word describes something to do with the sea?

tides

wind

rides

Read these lines again:

 

Climbs to the crest

Of a gust and pulls.

 

What does the word crest mean?

bottom

middle

top

Read these lines again.

 

When string goes slack

You wind it back

 

What does the word slack mean?

tight

loose

broken

Two of the lines in the poem are repeated. Find them and write them in the answer box. (You will need to type both lines on the same line, without a comma in between.)

  • Question 1

Is the poem a rhyming poem or a non-rhyming poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
rhyming
  • Question 2

The word blue is used in the first line of the poem. What is it referring to?

CORRECT ANSWER
the sky
  • Question 3

What is the kite compared to in the poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
a ship
  • Question 4

The poem says that the kite 'soars'. What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
It rises up into the sky.
  • Question 5

Read these lines again.

 

As over tides

Of wind it rides

 

The poet is continuing to compare the kite in the sky with a ship on the sea.

 

Which word describes something to do with the sea?

CORRECT ANSWER
tides
  • Question 6

Read these lines again:

 

Climbs to the crest

Of a gust and pulls.

 

What does the word crest mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
top
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'crest' is usually used for the top of a wave. The poet is continuing the comparison between the kite and a ship on the sea.
  • Question 7

Read these lines again.

 

When string goes slack

You wind it back

 

What does the word slack mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
loose
  • Question 8

Two of the lines in the poem are repeated. Find them and write them in the answer box. (You will need to type both lines on the same line, without a comma in between.)

CORRECT ANSWER
How bright on the blue is a kite when it's new!
EDDIE SAYS
The poet repeats these lines to contrast the bright new kite with how ragged it looks when it is old and stuck in a tree.
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