The students will be able to understand and appreciate the improbable probabilities that hunt the poet’s mind.
They will be able to imagine various suppositional and hypothetical conditions creatively.
They will be able to frame sentences of their own using the term ‘whatif’.
Whatif - suppose/ possibility
‘Whatif’ is a word coined out of the phrase ‘what if’
Crawled - slowly entered/ came
Pranced - danced
Partied - made merry
Strikes - comes to my mind
Flunk - fail
Bolt - a sudden strike
Bite - (here) get caught
short answer type questions
1. Name the poem and the poet.
Ans: The poem is “Whatif” and the poet is Shel Silverstein.
2. What do you mean by ‘whatif’?
Ans: ‘Whatif’ means supposition or possibility.
3. What will happen if somebody’s teeth don’t grow in straight?
Ans: If somebody’s teeth don’t grow in straight, he/she would look ugly and funny.
4. Choose the correct option:
1. One mentioned ‘whatif’ in the poem is-
a. Whatif he kills me
b. Whatif I become the prime minister
c. Whatif my mother gives me poison
d. Whatif I am speechless in school
2. The child is worried because…..
a. He is very tired with his home work
b. of his teachers’ scolding
c. of his fearful fanciful nature
d. he wants to return to his home early
textbook questions and answers
Who is the speaker in the above lines?
The speaker is a child in this poem.
Why do you think she/he has these worries? Can you think of ways to get rid of such worries?
The child is worried because of his fearful and fanciful nature. He thinks too much fearfully. In order to get rid of such worries, he/ she should feel confident and optimistic. He should also trust the Almighty God.
Read the following line.
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
Can words crawl into your ear? This is an image. The poet is trying to make an image of what she/he experiences. Now with yourpartner try and list out some more images from the poem.
1. Some other images are:
a. Pranced and partied all night long
b. Sang their old whatif song.
c. Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me
In groups offour discuss some more ‘whatifs’ that you
experience in your day to day life and list them out.
A. Whatif I stand first in my class
B. Whatif I can fly
C. Whatif I become Chhota Bheem
D. Whatif I were our English teacher
E. Whatif there is no water.
F. Whatif the earth stops revolving