If you want your class to study the poem "If," by Rudyard Kipling, in depth, then this might be just the resource for you. After reading the full poem, class members respond to eight text-dependent questions and three discussion-style questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add this to a unit on poetry analysis
  • Split up the parts over a few days to more fully scaffold the exercise; read and mark the poem together, ask partners to work on the text-based questions, and assign the higher-level questions for homework
  • Use the discussion questions as described or as essay questions instead
Classroom Considerations

  • More space could be provided for student responses to the text-dependent questions
  • Scroll to the last page of the resource to find suggested text pairings

  • Includes a copy of the poem on the first two pages
  • Text-based and higher-level discussion questions are provided



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