Poetry_Cpme Little Leaves

TODAY!                                                                                                                               Ms. Kelly Gilliam


Directions:  At the beginning of school, you were asked a series of questions to answer. One of those questions asked for your favorite poem. Many of you could not answer this question because you did not know of any poetry off the top of your head. This poem is one of my favorites. Actually, it probably is my favorite. For today, use Microsoft Word to re-type the words to this poem. After you type the poem, type a 10 sentence ‘paragraph’ explaining to me what the poem is about, and whether or not you enjoyed it? If you have read these directions, I want for you to put your name, class, date, and the word ‘yes’ in your header. You will be getting extra credit. J As with all class-work, I will grade this assignment based on completion, grammar, and detail.


Remember! Put your name, class period, and date in the header of the document. Only use 12 point font in any font that I can READ! Do not use a font that is all caps or all lowercase. Use full sentences in your description!




by George Cooper

"Come, little leaves" said the wind one day,
"Come to the meadows with me, and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
For Summer is past, and the days grow cold."

Soon as the leaves heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the soft little songs they knew.

"Cricket, good-bye, we've been friends so long;
Little brook, sing us your farewell song-
Say you're sorry to see us go;
Ah! You are sorry, right well, we know.

"Dear little lambs, in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
Fondly we've watched you in vale and glade;
Say, will you dream of our loving shade?"

Dancing and flying, The leaves went along,
Til Winter called them to end their sweet song.
Soon, fast asleep in their earthy beds,
The snow lay a coverlet o'er their heads.



From Child's Calendar Beautiful, compiled by Rebecca Katharine Beeson

First Year, October




TODAY!                                                                                        Ms. Kelly Gilliam

Directions:  For each question, type a complete sentence. Print when finished. Then do your homework: #26-40 for 5 minutes.


1.    What is the complete title of this poem?

2.    Who wrote this poem?

3.    How many lines are there in this poem?

4.    In your opinion, what is this poem truly about?

5.    Key this line and fill in the blank: “Come, ___________ leaves”

6.    Do you think this is referring to the leaves being small or the leaves being young?

7.    What do you do during the summer? Do you study or play?

8.    Were the leaves playing during the summer?

9.    Yet, the days are growing cold… instead of playing, what are they now doing?

10. Are they saying goodbye to their friends?

11. What words in the third section make you think they are saying good-bye?

12. Why do you think the leaves are speaking to the young lambs?

13. Why do you think the leaves want the lambs to remember their shade?

14. What is winter doing to the leaves?

15. Where are the leaves lying as they sleep?

16. Key this line and fill in the blank: “Soon, fast asleep in their earthy beds, The snow lay a ____________ o’er their heads.”

17. What does the previous line mean?

18. The snow is doing what?

19. Does this poem seem to represent something else? Try to think beyond a leaf blower, rake, and mower.

20. What does this poem seem to describe?

21. Why do you think I chose this poem as the first poem for you to type?

22. What do you think the connection is between me and this poem?