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Rudyard Kipling's advice to his son in the poem "If" is a resounding message that echoes through generations. After reading the famous poem, middle schoolers work on analyzing specific lines, completing activities based on unfamiliar words and literary devices, and writing a short personal response to the poem.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Send home with language arts learners as a homework packet
  • Encourage young writers to turn their responses into a longer narrative essay
  • Bring into your poetry unit, or when discussing the works of Rudyard Kipling
  • Compare the themes of the poem to "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens
Classroom Considerations

  • Parts of the worksheets are in color, including backgrounds and pictures

  • Focuses on a beautiful poem that your learners may not have read before
  • Addresses multiple reading skills, including figurative language, vocabulary, and literary analysis
  • Prompts learners to respond to the text with their own experiences
  • Provides an answer key for each worksheet

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