For this activity, students will choose 3 different parts/lines of the poem to analyze. Students should think about what Kipling means to say in these lines, in more “kid friendly” terms. Their analysis should illustrate examples from the poem.
“Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies.” This means that just because others may lie about you, it doesn’t mean you should lie in return.
“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, and blaming it on you.” This means that you have to keep your cool if others are losing their cool and saying it’s your fault.
“If you can dream and not make dreams your master.” This means that of course you should have your dreams, but don’t let those dreams control all aspects of your life.
“Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, and stoop, and build them up with worn out tools.” This means that you have to be able to put together pieces of your life and build yourself up, even if it seems difficult or impossible.
“If you can make one heap of all of your winnings, and risk it all on one turn of pitch and toss, and lose, and start again at your beginnings, and never breathe a word about your loss.” This means that you have to be able to take risks and even if things don’t go your way, you need to start anew and not complain about it.Fourth Stanza
“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings, nor lose the common touch.” This means that you should not be a follower. It also means that you cannot forget who you are if you are among the rich and powerful.
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Objective: Make a 3 cell storyboard that analyzes and illustrates 3 parts of the poem.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards