Here is a FREE worksheet written by a National Board Certified Teacher to help students comprehend “If” by Rudyard Kipling. “If” is an inspirational poem that complements lessons on character. It’s a perfect choice for National Poetry Month.
My students and I love Rudyard Kipling’s “If.” We read it every year, and I often print a special copy on decorated paper as an end-of-year gift. The poem is best appreciated by just reading and discussing it, but a multiple-choice reading comprehension worksheet can’t hurt.
The questions help students interpret the poem and understand its theme and central ideas. Still, it’s a tricky worksheet. I like to read the poem with students, then let them try the worksheet. That gives students a chance to show what they comprehended on their own. Afterward, we can discuss the worksheet, share our favorite parts, and appreciate nuances like rhyme scheme, repetition, enjambment, etc.
Click here for the two-page pdf file. Page one is the worksheet; page two is the poem. That way, it’s easy to create a two-sided worksheet.
I know you and your students will like “If.” I hope you also like the worksheet!
Answers: 1 a, 2 c, 3 b, 4 e, 5 e, 6 c