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This offering is a pair of puzzles centered about Jack London's White Fang. Both are intended to be "foot off the accelerator but still learn something" puzzles. The character search (this one with 20 humans and animals) is a nice puzzle to be given BEFORE starting to read/discuss the book. It can be done individually by both middle school and high school students and could easily be given as an assignment after a test or before a break. The crossword is definitely more challenging (it can be done by individuals in upper grades, and, perhaps, by teams in the lower high school levels and older middle school levels) It might be implemented as a form of review. About nine, or so, clues deal with White Fang . . . they're all in bold-face type. (If you are NOT a crossword puzzle doer yourself, please understand, NINE clues, on theme, in a 15 x 15 square grid is not bad. It may not be great, but if you check a Sunday 19 x 19 square grid, made by really good crossword puzzle makers you will find, generally, only six or seven clues on theme.)
Also, remember! The point of a crossword is to have a little fun/challenge while you are learning something. You are not supposed to know each answer right away upon glancing at the clue. It would be no fun if you did. You’d have LEARNED nothing. (This is a message that might be imparted to your students.) I try to phrase enough of the clues so that a student/person will know many of the answers immediately . . . the rest of the clues I want to challenge the doer a little bit. When they’ve learned something through being challenged they’ll appreciate their accomplishment, and the experience, a lot more.