Up The Slide by Jack London Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students understand how events in the story motivate characters' actions and how the characters' conflicting viewpoints create tension as they read, 'Up the Slide' by Jack London.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on 'Up the Slide' by Jack London, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the events that motivate characters and influence action
  • Analyze the characters' conflicting points of view


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.


Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.


  • ascent
  • avalanche
  • descent
  • exertion
  • gores and gullies
  • herculean
  • maneuver
  • manifestly
  • muclucs
  • mushed
  • outcropping
  • perpendicular
  • predicament
  • ventured


  • copies of 'Up the Slide' by Jack London
  • paper
  • pens
  • highlighters

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