Activity Overview

The personification is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. In this short story by Rudyard Kipling, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the animal characters all have actions and emotions that can be considered human-like.

Each of the animal characters in the book speaks and feels, in one manner or another, like a human. All of the animals interact with one another, share information, and make plans. Have students find an example of this for different characters by making a spider map or Frayer Model. Students should use a quote from the story and explain it to prove that the author has personified the animal in some way.

Personification Examples

Rikki Tikki Tavi"Angry as he was, Rikki-tikki was very frightened as he saw the size of the big cobra."Kipling describes his emotions like a human.
Chuchundra"Chuchundra sat down and cried till the tears rolled off his whiskers."Humans cry for emotional reasons; animals do not.
Nag and Nagaina"When the house is emptied of people," said Nagina to her husband...Marriage is a human institution. Animals do not actually get married.
Darzee & His Wife"We are very miserable," said Darzee. "Our babies fell out of the nest yesterday."Darzee and his wife understand the causes of their feelings in a way most animals do not.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard illustrating how each character is personified in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi".

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Type "Personification" in the middle of the frayer model.
  3. Identify four characters, putting the names in each title box.
  4. In the description, type a quote and explain why it's personification.
  5. Illustrate each character with appropriate animals, colors, and scenes.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

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