Common Core: 5th Grade English Language Arts : Describe How a Narrator's Point of View Influences How Events are Described: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6

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Example Question #1 : Describe How A Narrator's Point Of View Influences How Events Are Described: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Rl.5.6

Adapted from "The Brook" by Alfred Lord Tennyson in Volume V. Nature of The World's Best Poetry (1904)

Come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally,
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorps, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret
by many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

I wind about, and in and out,
with here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silver water-break
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

This poem is told from the perspective of __________.

Possible Answers:

a small stream

a fisherman

a winding road

a forest

Correct answer:

a small stream

Explanation:

This poem consists of many statements that consist of the pronoun "I" and a verb phrase describing what the speaker is doing. The speaker never declares what he, she, or it is, so it is up to the reader to use clues found in what the speaker says to determine the speaker's identity. Many of the "I" statements involve moving through a natural environment. Some of them also specifically use verbs that relate to water, as in Line 9, "Till last by Philip's farm I flow, / To join the brimming river." What might "join" a river? Smaller rivers are said to "join" a larger one when they flow into it. That, combined with the other river-related statements in the poem and the title "The Brook" (a "brook" is a small river) all point to the correct answer, that the poem is told from the perspective of "a small stream."

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