Reading Comprehension Lesson 12



Word List

Write the words first in your notebooks. Practice reading them.

then, usual, cousin, fireside, sewing, Katie, better, crackle, knitting, perhaps, Jane, reason, tonight, happier, instructive


One winter night, Mrs. Lord and her two little girls sat by a bright fire in their pleasant home. The girls were sewing, and their mother was busy at her knitting. At last, Katie finished her work, and, looking up, said,

Katie: “Mother, I think the fire is brighter than usual. How I love to hear it crackle!”

Mary: “And I was about to say, that this is a better light than we had last night.”

Mother: “My dears, it must be that you feel happier than usual tonight. Perhaps that is the reason why you think the fire better, and the light brighter.”

Mary: “But, mother, I do not see why we are happier now than we were then; for last night cousin Jane was here, and we played ‘Puss in the corner‘ and ‘Blind man‘ until we all were tired.”

Katie: “I know! I know why! It is because we have all been doing something useful tonight. We feel happy because we have been busy.”

Mother: “You are right, my dear. “I am glad you have both learned that there may be something more pleasant than play, and, at the same time, more instructive.”

Discussion questions:

How could instructive activities be more pleasant than play?



Write the words first in your notebooks. Practice reading them.

Word List

dewdrops, hopping, laziest, bends, sung, patience, instead, darling, ought, rest, slumber, myself, reply, miss, lose


1. Wake up, little darling, the birdies are out,
   And here you are still in your nest!
   The laziest birdie is hopping about;
     You ought to be up with the rest.
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!

2. Oh, see what you miss when you
     slumber so long—
   The dewdrops, the beautiful sky!
   I can not sing half what you lose in my song;
     And yet, not a word in reply.
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!

3. I’ve sung myself quite out of patience with you,
   While mother bends o’er your dear head;
   Now birdie has done all that birdie can do:
     Her kisses will wake you instead!
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!
                                        George Cooper.

Discussion questions

  1. Who wrote this poem?
  2. Who is the speaker of the poem?
  3. What is the message in this poem?



Write the words first in your notebooks. Practice reading them.

sent, store, bounce, floating, load, circle, ripples, catching, cake, blocks, strolled, however


Two fast friends were Willie Brown and his little dog Bounce. Willie could never think of taking a walk without Bounce. Cake and play were equally shared between them. Willie taught his dog many cunning tricks, and often said that Bounce could do almost anything in the world but talk.

There came a time, however, when Bounce really told Willie’s father something, though he could not talk. Let me tell you how he did this. It was on a bright summer afternoon. Willie had strolled with Bounce down to the river, which was not more than two blocks from his father’s store.

Willie began to throw stones into the water, and to watch the ripples as they made one circle after another. Bounce lay on the grass, watching the flies that buzzed around his nose, and catching any that came too near.

There were some logs floating in the river near the shore. Willie jumped upon one of them, to see if he could throw a stone across the river. He drew back, and sent the stone with all his might. Just as it left his hand, the log turned, and he fell into the water.

He was very much frightened, for he did not know how to swim, and there was no one to hear, though he called as loud as he could for help.

Discussion questions:

  1. What was Willie and Bounce doing at the river?
  2. Did Willie know how to swim?
  3. Why did Willie get frighten?



Write the words first in your notebooks. Practice reading them.

yelp, loudly, against, looking, barking, spring, clothes, opened, distress, scratched


Poor little Bounce gave a great yelp of distress. If he had been a big water dog, he could have jumped in and brought his master out. He ran up and down the bank two or three times, barking, looking first at Willie and then around. Then he started, as fast as he could run, up the street to the store.

When he got there the door was shut, but he scratched against it and barked loudly, until some one came and opened it. He caught hold of Mr. Brown’s clothes, then ran to the door, then back again, catching at him, barking, and jumping.

A friend who was in the store said to Mr. Brown, “Something must be wrong; I would put on my hat, and go with the dog.” Bounce, seeing Mr. Brown take his hat, started for the river. Then Mr. Brown thought of Willie. As he came to the river, he saw Willie’s hat floating on the water, and his small arm thrown up.

He sprang in and caught him just as he was going down for the last time, and quickly carried him to the bank. “Willie soon got over his fright, and no one seemed to be more delighted than Bounce.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why didn’t Bounce try to save Willie?
  2. What did the dog do when he saw Willie fall into the water?