Objective: Students will explore the implications of conflict on characters in “Rikki Tikki Tavi” and examine how they exhibit courage throughout the story. They will also examine Kipling’s use of personification and metaphor and its relation to British Colonization of India.
The unique needs of GT learners have been incorporated into the lesson to support Concept Development and Higher Order Processing Skills. The lesson allows for students to expound upon the Unit Theme of Courage by analyzing acts of courage in the story of both protagonist and antagonists. Students will employ higher order thinking processes by analyzing and evaluating the acts of courage using Paul’s Situation Model. They will also explore character motivation and point of view.
The lesson will also provide the essential precocity, complexity, and intensity by allowing students to explore the history of British Colonization in India, the political theories about Imperialism used by Kipling in the story, as well as the relationships between real mongooses and cobras in nature. They will interpret this information to formulate their own ideas about personification and metaphor used in the story.