Analyzing Structure and Theme in Stanza 4 of “If”

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Here is a instructional activity that provides scholars with two opportunities to stretch their compare and contrast muscles. First, learners compare and contrast their experience of reading the fourth stanza of If by Rudyard Kipling to the listening of the audio version. Then, they delve deep into the poem's text to compare and contrast its themes with those found in the novel, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a class blog post asking pupils to discuss their conclusions from the compare and contrast activities
  • Perform the first lesson using the novel and its audio version
  • Create a reading themed bulletin board, highlighting all the different texts and their types
Classroom Considerations

  • Copies are required
  • The eighth in a series of 17 lesson plans designed to accompany Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
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  • Notes are provided that detail how the lesson's activities meet the needs of learners
  • Lesson directions are written clearly
  • Cooperative learning strategies are incorporated throughout the lesson 

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Common Core