This product contains a variety of activities for the short story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London. The items included in this product are listed in detail below.
***To Build a Fire***
-This is a PowerPoint that contains prereading activities, literary terms, directions for an assignment to be completed while reading, and pictures of terms and maps to be displayed while reading the story. Specifics are listed below:
*Prereading: There is a slide with precise instructions for the teacher to complete this hook into the topic of survival. Students will first watch a movie trailer (based on a true story) about a person who went to great lengths to survive. Hopefully, this will pique their interest in the topic. Then students read an article about the true story behind this person’s ordeal and complete a graphic organizer. Both the article and the graphic organizer are included in separate word documents. This prereading activity is intended to spark their interest in the concept of the human survival instinct.
*Literary Terms: The next few slides go over a few literary terms that pertain specifically to this story. Each slide contains the definition of the term and several pictures to reinforce these terms. The following terms are defined with corresponding pictures: setting, protagonist, antagonist, mood, and foreshadowing.
*Prereading: The next slide is a quick prereading activity that asks students to create a word web answering a quick question right before reading the story. The 2nd prereading slide asks students to analyze an image for mood and setting.
*While Reading: This slide contains instructions for an assignment students are supposed to complete while reading the story. The next 7 slides contain images that correspond with the content in the story, such as maps, a miner’s camp, as well as a scientific explanation of what happens to your body in -50 degree weather.
*2 Additional Activities: The last 2 slides contain instructions for 2 additional activities I created to further deepen my students understanding of the text.
***Prereading 127 Hours***
-This folder contains the article and the graphic organizer detailed in the prereading activity listed above.