Free Reading Passage: Ed's Riddles and Mel's Poems


Ed’s Riddles and Mel’s Poems

The following reading passages are based upon the characters in “The Black Silk Path” by Heather Doolittle which is available through several Amazon Marketplaces. “The Black Silk Path” follows the skill progression of the Level 3 Barton Reading & Spelling System scope and sequence. The following reading passages use all the skills introduced in Barton Reading & Spelling System Level 3. For more information on which skills are used, visit the “The Black Silk Path” page at


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This reading will help you get to know Ed and Mel a bit better. They are still under the spell of R.L. Nox, so much of what they share is like a riddle. If you have not yet met Ed and Mel, the book “The Black Silk Path” will explain who they are and how they came to be under the spell of R.L. Nox. To catch you up a bit, the spell is an attempt to foil Ed and Mel’s efforts to find their kidnapped parents. The spell stole their ability to speak, read, and spell words. They have found they can learn to read again. Reading is giving them back their words to speak. Ed and Mel don’t let their loss of words stop them. They work with what they have.

See if you can guess the answer to Ed’s riddles, and enjoy Mel’s poems.


Note: The word “be” is used out of sequence from Barton Reading & Spelling System Level 3. Also, one plural-s is used.


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Ed’s Riddles Student Text:


1.            The thing the clock does track. What is it?

2.              When it is hot, I am glad to munch this thing.  It is cold.  It will melt quick.  I munch it from a cup so it doesn’t drip.  I am fond of the one that has mint and small chips in it. In a land in the East, they put it on a flat cold pan, then cut it, and roll it up. If you have not had it in a roll, you will have to find a shop. The West does have it in some spots. What is it?

3.              This is a box that does hold all your stuff and does roll with you on a trip.  What is it?

4.              You hit this with a club. It does roll on the grass.  If you have luck, it will fall in the cup with one hit. If you don’t have luck, it will land in the sand. What is it?

5.            This is a plant that is strong and tall. It will not drop stuff in the fall. It can be cut and set in a den. A bunch of glass balls can hang on it then. A box and a gift will be set next to its trunk. A child will sit next to it to catch the big old man in red. What is it?






Answers to Ed’s riddles: 1. Time. 2. Ice Cream/Rolled Ice Cream. 3. A suitcase. 4. A golf ball. 5. A Christmas tree.



Mel’s Poems Student Text:



Not Yet - A Haiku


Fall fresh on the grass

The cold dust from Mr. Frost

And hush the brisk Spring



To Stop a Spell


I can’t

a, b, c, d . . .

Can I?

e, f, g, h . . .

No, I can’t. I won’t.

i, j, k, l . . .

You think I can?

m, n, o, p . . .

I want to.

q, r, s, t . . .

Will you help?

u, v, w . . .

I think I can.

x, y, z . . .

I think I will.


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