Inherit the Wind & “If” Text-to-Text Connections
Do Now • -Please leave your HW (sentences for vocabulary) on your desk. • -Read “If” by Rudyard Kipling. Annotate as you read highlighting and noting in the margins your initial thoughts, impressions, questions, etc. During this first reading, your goal is to glean the poem’s overall meaning and impression on you.
“If” by Rudyard Kipling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drBIhnATwuc
A Thesis Statement • tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion • directly answers the question asked of you • is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. (The subject, or topic, of an essay might be the Scopes Monkey Trial or Inherit the Wind; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the trial or the play.) • makes a claim that others might dispute • is usually a single sentence
Your Task: • What is the message conveyed in Kipling’s “If”? Compose a thesis statement offering your interpretation of the speaker’s main purpose.
Sample Thesis Statements • Kipling’s “If” evokes the virtue of stoicism in the force of adversity. • The speaker of Kipling’s poem “If” celebrates the virtues of fortitude and resoluteness and advises his audience to be a responsible individual.
Kipling • Born in India where he lived until the age of 6 • Moved to England and returned to India @ 16 • White Man’s Burden • “not for our glory, but for their happiness” • Jingoism • Extreme patriotism or nationalism that favors aggression against other countries • The Jungle Book
Text-to-Text Connections • Inherit the Wind + “If”
Annotate with a Peer • Review the first stanza. What connections can you make between the speaker’s message and Inherit the Wind? • Could Kipling’s speaker be one of the characters? • Would the speaker’s message apply to any of the characters? • Would the playwrights celebrate any of the virtues that Kipling commends?
Reflection • What did you learn today? • What aspects of today’s lesson were challenging for you?