To Build A Fire Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Jack London's short story 'To Build a Fire' is a great one for middle school students. With the help of this lesson plan, students will read a text lesson that helps them to summarize the plot of the story and identify theme before applying their new understanding to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the short story To Build a Fire by Jack London
  • identify theme in To Build a Fire
  • cite text evidence to support analysis of To Build a Fire


1 hour


  • Copies of lesson To Build a Fire: Summary & Themes, one for each student
  • Copies of the story To Build a Fire by Jack London, one for each student
  • Access to technology and the internet
  • Copies of the lesson's quiz, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Sample guidebooks

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

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