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“To Build a Fire” is set in the Alaska wilderness. After reading the first paragraph of the story, what is your reaction to the setting? In your opinion, which particular words and phrases in the paragraph describe the setting most vividly? How does the author emphasize that the man is surrounded by a...
Identifying Theme Through Character Analysis: This lesson plan focuses on London’s communicating themes in the story by developing the protagonist, “the man,” as a dynamic character. Students will identify the man’s character traits at the beginning of the narrative, determine how he changes as he experiences key events that occur...
This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of "To Build a Fire" before you begin teaching Jack London's classic story. Studying "To Build a Fire" with your students will give them unique insight into naturalism, perseverance, and important themes surrounding free will, tragedy, and the enduring human instinct to survive