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Understand How to Apply Comprehension Skills to a Poetry Text

In this worksheet, students will be required to use a range of comprehension skills in order to answer questions about a poetry text in preparation for the SATs reading test.

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'Understand How to Apply Comprehension Skills to a Poetry Text' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: SATs English

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Poetry Questions

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Worksheet Overview

Great stuff! You have decided to spend some time practising for the SATs reading test.


In the SATs reading test, there will be three different texts to answer questions on.


One of the texts may be a poem. You will feel more prepared if you spend some time reading a range of poetry. 

The poetry questions in the test will be similar to those used in reference to a fictional text.

Let's recap the different types of questions:


Text marking to answer 'right there' questions

Text marking is the skill you should first use when you read the poem, highlight or circle keywords and phrases. 

This strategy will then help you to answer some of the more simple, literal questions that have the answer 'right there', for example, 'find the phrase that...' or 'copy the group of words that...'


Word questions

This type of question will require that you give or explain the meaning of a word in a text. 

You may find you have already text marked the word!


Retrieval questions

Retrieval questions often begin with, 'who', 'what', 'where', 'when', 'why' and 'how'.

Sometimes you may very easily spot the answer, other times, it may be more difficult, and you may have to carefully search the text.

Although it can be tempting, do not guess. Always carefully check the answer, by using the text.


Inference questions

To answer an inference question, you will need to look for clues.

You will need to prove your answer by thinking what evidence there is to support a particular claim? How do you know a certain statement to be true?

Use 'because' in your answer to show the evidence you have identified in the text.

Look carefully at the number of marks available for the question, two marks mean two pieces of evidence are needed. Three marks mean three pieces of evidence required and so on.


Right, now it's over to you now to answer a range of questions based on 'My Shadow' by Robert Louis Stevenson, published in 1885.

You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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