Rikki-tikki-tavi By Rudyard Kipling
Before Reading: Build Background • Title the next available page of your literature notebook, “Rikki-tikki-tavi.” • Read the Build Background section on page 121 in your literature book. • In your literature notebook, record at least 3 predictions about the story based only on the background information given.
Before Reading:Build Background • Britain first became interested in India in the 1500s, after the Portuguese ad established a thriving spice trade. They recognized the profitability of this trade and wanted to compete with the Portuguese. • East India Company was established in 1599 by a group of London merchants. It had a charter from the British government that granted it exclusive trading rights in the East Indies and power to maintain an army and navy, declare war, and govern new territories. • Indians rebelled against the East India Company in 1857. The British government stepped in and took control of India. • India remained a British colony until 1947, when it gained its independence after a century-long struggle with the British government.
Before Reading:Understand Vocabulary • Context Clues and Synonyms • Number from 1-5 in your LNb. • Use context clues to determine a 1 word synonym for each underlined word. Record and be ready to share. • He cunningly planned a surprise attack. • Teddy received consolation from his mother after his frightening experience. • The muskrat wasted no time as he scuttled into his hole. • Timid creatures cowered in fear when the cobras appeared. • After Chuchumdra collapsed in fear, it took the other animals several minutes to revive him and get him back on his feet.
During Reading:Understand Personification • Write your own personal definition of personification in your LNb. • Briefly write about two stories or movies you have read or seen that included personification. • What effect did it have on the stories/films? • How do you feel about personification? • Be prepared to share with your partner and the class.
During Reading:Understanding Personification • On the next clean page in your LNb, create the following chart:
During Reading:Understanding Point of View • 1st Person: The narrator is a character in the story (usually the main character) • 3rd Person, Limited: The narrator is not involved in the story and tells what one character thinks, feels, and observes. • The reader does not learn about the experiences of the other characters. • 3rd Person Omniscient: The narrator is not involved in the story but is omniscient, or all-knowing. • The narrator knows and can explain the thoughts of all of the story’s characters and can even add information that none of the characters know.
During Reading:Understanding Point of View • 2nd Person: The narrator steps out of the action of the story to speak directly to the readers. • Can be recognized by the use of the pronoun, you. • This occurs twice in “Rikki-tikki-tavi.” Work with a partner to find the two examples.
After Reading: Reviewing Conflict • Conflict is a struggle between two opposing forces. • External conflicts occur between a character and some outside force. • Character v. Character • Character v. Nature • Character v. Society • Internal conflicts are invisible, occurring within a character’s mind. • Character v. Self • Create a chart like the one on the next page and complete it with a partner:
After Reading:Comparing the Text to Film • Fill out the Viewing Activity worksheet while watching “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.” • You may want to take notes in your LNb and then use those to answer the questions on the worksheet.