This is a Common-Core-based teaching packet for the short story “Rikki-tikki-tavi” by Rudyard Kipling. The handouts and ideas included in this packet will engage your students in meaningful and fun pre-reading, during-reading and post-reading activities. All handouts are ready for you to print and use! No prep is required!
What's included? Take a look at the list below.
Vocabulary Preview - The vocabulary preview requires students to consult a dictionary to determine the meaning of words.
Informational Article on the Mongoose and Cobra - The informational article will initiate a discussion on some of the issues and key concepts in the story. A KWL chart is also included. CCSS7R4c
Readers’ Theater Instructions and Script - Students build fluency through reading out loud, and readers’ theater is a great way to do this in the middle school classroom. Instructions are given on two ways to conduct the readers’ theater. Three “battles” are provided in “script form” for the read aloud. A form is provided to keep track of which student is assigned to which part.
Open-ended Response Questions and Setting - With these activities, students are required to look back at the text to make inferences and analyze the author’s craft and setting. With the activity on setting, students must find details that describe the place, time, and environment. Then, they must explain how certain passages and words affect the characters in the story.CCSS7RL1,3
Imagery - This handout helps students analyze how the author creates imagery. With this activity, students will find a passage; then, using the information provided on the handout, they will explain how imagery has been created by the author. CCSS7RL1
Theme - The handouts on theme can be used to teach what theme is and how a theme statement can be developed. Non-examples and examples are provided to help students understand. At the end of this lesson, students will develop their own theme statements and find a passage to support their statements. CCSS7RL-1,2
Practice Answering Constructed Response Questions - This handout explains step by step how students should return to text to support an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn. It includes a non-example to help the students. CCSS7RL-1
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Questions - This handout includes ten questions. Students are required to return to the text to draw conclusions and analyze various elements of the story. Many CCSS are addressed within these questions. Students determine central ideas, cite text, and analyze text. They must cite evidence to support their answers.
Who’s Who When It Comes to Characters - This handout requires students to analyze the key characters in the story based on how they interacted with others over the course of the story. They must determine the protagonist, the antagonist, the hero, and the obstacle character. CCSSR Anchor 4
Tableau - This activity requires students to work in groups to develop a creative tableau and then perform it for the class. A rubric is provided. CCSSW Anchor Standard 4
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