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by Rudyard Kipling


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 "If" by Rudyard Kipling.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1939) was an English short story writer, poet, and novelist — as well as a contemporary of Robert Louis Stevenson. He is best known for his novel The Jungle Book. Kipling wrote in Victorian England, and “If” (published in 1910) represents some of the ideal qualities of a “proper Englishman” during that time. Utilizing a paternal tone, the narrator sets out a list of rules by which his son should live.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Friendship & Family, Growing Up, and Honor & Courage as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What does it mean to be grown up?", "What does it mean to be brave?", and "What makes a family?"

Ways to support your child: