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The Call of the Wild Essay Questions

Instructor: Angela Janovsky

Angela has taught middle and high school English, Business English and Speech for nine years. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and has earned her teaching license.

Looking for methods to assess your students' understanding of 'The Call of the Wild'? Then read this lesson for sample essay prompts to help you evaluate student skills.

The Call of the Wild

Kidnapping. Forced labor. Extreme conditions. Blood. Murder. A fight for survival. All of these are reasons why your students will love reading Jack London's The Call of the Wild.

The story of Buck, the kidnapped dog forced to become a sled dog in the harsh conditions of the Yukon, has entertained students and readers of all ages since its publication in 1903. If you have decided to teach a unit on this novel in your classroom, you likely realize how the action-packed story will keep your students engaged and interested in reading.

Of course a major aspect of your teaching will be assessing the reading skills of your students throughout the unit. You can do this in many different ways, but one of the most versatile is the essay. Not only does an essay display your students' writing skills and basic comprehension, but it also gives your students a chance to showcase their analysis and application skills. This lesson explores sample essay questions you can use in your classroom while reading The Call of the Wild.

Essay Questions

As you know, an essay is a piece of writing focused on a particular topic. The essays in this lesson focus on this novel, more specifically, the themes surrounding the story of Buck.

These first sample essay prompts concentrate on the theme of transformation.

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