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The Call of the Wild Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and educators will be able to guide their students through Jack London's classic novel The Call of the Wild. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers guidance in conveying the novel's primary themes, including the role of ancestral memory. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In The Call of the Wild, where did Buck live? What was his life like there? He lived in the Santa Clara Valley in California where he was well-treated, well-fed, and had no work. He led a life of leisure.
- What events in The Call of the Wild were taking place elsewhere which would affect Buck's life? People had found gold in the north, and they needed good dogs to pull sleds.
- What did Buck learn from seeing Curly so swiftly killed? He learned that there was no "fair" play here. Once you were down, that would be the end of you. He decided then and there that he would never go down.
- How did Buck become lead dog? Because he had killed Spitz, Buck thought the honor of being lead dog should be his. He simply refused to accept any other position. Francois and Perrault gave in so they could get on with their trip.
- Was Buck a good lead dog? Yes, he took exceptional pride in his work and snapped the team right into its former working attitude.
- How did Buck save John Thornton in The Call of the Wild? John's boat overturned in the rapids, sending him plunging into the swirling waters. Buck saw this and rushed out to help him. Realizing both he and the animal would be lost, John Thornton sent Buck back to shore, and Buck obeyed. Hans and Pete then tied a rope to Buck, and Buck rushed back out to save his master.
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