by Rudyard Kipling 1899

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "The White Man's Burden" by Rudyard Kipling.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a British writer who is best known for The Jungle Book. In 1899, he wrote "The White Man's Burden," a poem about America's imperative to colonize and rule the Philippine Islands. This poem sparked considerably controversy when it was written.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Prejudice & Discrimination as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

"How does prejudice emerge?"

Ways to support your child:

  • Ask your child about this poem at home:
    • What was "The White Man's Burden" about?
    • What did you learn about Prejudice & Discrimination?