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What is the white man's burden anyway? Kids find out about views from our social past as they read Rudyard Kipling's "The White Man's Burden." They read the poem then answer four, two-part critical thinking questions, which have them consider imperialism from the imperialized nation's point of view.
Create meaningful illustrations to accompany stories in a web-based art and literacy lesson. The class takes a virtual "art safari" with the Museum of Modern Art and then discusses how illustrations contribute to meaning. Individuals write and illustrate a story about an animal that includes examples of fact and personification.
“Rikki-tikki-tavi” provides an opportunity to model for readers how to use background information to enrich understanding of a story. Class members observe animal behavior, listen to biographical background on Rudyard Kipling, study vocabulary words, and examine pictures of cobras, mongeese, and muskrats. Finally, they read the story. The motto for this lesson plan is: read and find out.
Students explore nature by reading stories in class. In this animal characteristics lesson, students read the story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," by Rudyard Kipling and identify the different animals mentioned in the book. Students review the plot, characters, and settings while completing a graphic organizer about the book.
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same. . .” After concluding Fever 1793 class members engage in a reading strategy that asks them to connect their thoughts about the self-reliance theme in Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel with Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If.” Step-by-step directions for the fishbowl discussion and discussion questions are included.
A five-day plan spans conjunctions, reading comprehension, sequencing, paragraph wriitng, compare-and-contrast, context clues, and a wide array of other literacy skills. Content focuses on the human body, the digestive process, and man vs. machine themes using informational text and the 50-line Rudyard Kipling poem "The Secret of the Machines." The content covered is enough to guide a month of thoroughly-taught curriculum. It may be suitable for a science/language arts collaboration, or a G/T enrichment course in which learners integrate a wide range of skills and divergent content. Worth the time it would take to flesh it out.
High school readers examine George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant" for examples of symbolism, metaphor, connotation, and irony. They analyze how these literary tools convey the writer's main point and contribute to the persuasive effect of the text. The resource is thorough, if a bit cumbersome.
Students recognize and describe the organisms of the coral reef. In this coral reef activity, students explore the differences between fish and mammals. Students graph various whale sizes in a spreadsheet program. Students create scale model whales. Students read and explore a variety of sea creatures. Students create sea backgrounds for their animals.
Seventh graders explore newspaper articles using the Internet. In this newspaper article writing lesson, 7th graders brainstorm the necessary components of a newspaper article. Students relate the components of a newspaper article to the story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," by Rudyard Kipling, and write a news article based on events from the story.
Introduce your learners to Rudyard Kipling with this reading and analysis worksheet on the poem "If." Poetry readers paraphrase the poem to better understand the meaning and answer a variety of questions about the text, the author, and particular words in the poem. Some of the analysis questions are actually display questions and others refer to concepts not previously mentioned in the activity.
Young scholars read George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant" as an analysis for the historical context. In this historical analysis lesson plan, students analyze the main points in the essay to identify its cultural and historical context. Young scholars discuss Orwell's use of persuasive tools of symbolism, metaphor, and irony. Students write an essay about one of the lesson plan prompts.