In Jack London's "The Call of the Wild", Buck has to endure a lot! Survival is a big part of the book--and his will to live and fight tenaciously is a very inspiring. This provides a good jumping point for other survivor stories, but also it helps challenge students (who have been coddled in 21st century America) to think about their will to endure. This activity provides scenarios in extreme conditions and is a fun way to have students research how to survive, but also use their own creative skills to write about what they would do. It is fun to do this in pairs or a group.