On Turning Ten

On Turning Ten

Worksheet Description

This Poetry Comprehension worksheet invites students to explore the emotional landscape of approaching adolescence through the poem “On Turning Ten” by Billy Collins. The poem delves into the complex feelings that arise as a child nears the age of ten, touching upon the loss of childhood innocence and the anticipation of growing up.

Students begin by reading the poem attentively, immersing themselves in Collins’ evocative language and the emotional nuances embedded in the poem.

Following their reading, students engage in comprehension questions designed to assess their understanding of the poem’s themes and the emotional journey of the young speaker. These questions promote critical thinking and interpretation, allowing students to explore Collins’ intent and the bittersweet nature of growing older.

This exercise enhances poetry comprehension skills while encouraging students to reflect on their own experiences of growing up.