Rudyard Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi": Mixing Fact and Fiction

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," from The Jungle Book, offers young readers a chance to examine how Rudyard Kipling uses setting and personification to bring to life the brave mongoose who battles cobras to protect his family. Class members explore how Kipling mixes fact and fiction to reveal the geography of and societal values of India under British rule. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • If necessary, review the literary elements setting and personification before reading the story


Classroom Considerations

  • Struggling readers may need extra support with the independent readings (links are provided within the lesson)
  • Presumes class members know the difference between fact and fiction
  • Some class members may be familiar with the film version of the tale
Pros

  • The resource includes suggested responses to the discussion questions
Cons

  • No support is provided for struggling readers with the supplemental readings
Common Core