Call of the Wild Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Middle and high school students will get into the action of Jack London's seminal novel 'The Call of the Wild' with this unit plan. You can help them learn a great deal about the history, geography, and literary elements of the novel, and they'll have fun doing it!

The Call of the Wild

Jack London's The Call of the Wild is a thrilling adventure story that follows a pack of sled dogs and their various owners through the Yukon Territory in search of gold. The Klondike Gold Rush is the setting and offers lots of excitement all its own. Help your middle or high school students explore in-depth the history, characters, and themes of this novel through building context, engaging in activities, and discussing their thoughts with classmates. Students can also gain both literary analysis experience and historical knowledge from this unit.

Historical Context

Building student background knowledge of the historical context and setting of The Call of the Wild is essential prior to starting the novel. Take students on a thorough exploration of the Yukon Territory during the late 1890s using this Klondike Gold Rush Lesson Plan.

To support student learning, consider posting a bulletin board with newspaper headlines from the time of the Klondike Gold Rush, as a visual. Students can then select a headline and write a short newspaper article about it or pose as television news reporters breaking the big story. Alternatively, they could write a journal entry from the perspective of someone involved in the article event.

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