Students love to highlight the text, but does it really improve their comprehension and retention? Or does it just become a big coloring project? Students need more direct instruction in actively reading a text, and these three short stories by Jack London provide rigorous and relevant practice.
Included in this item are three of London’s best stories of adventure and survival in the Arctic: “That Spot” (8 pages), “The White Silence” (8 pages), and “In a Far Country” (14 pages). Each text has been very lightly edited for readability, annotated for unfamiliar vocabulary, and carefully formatted with marginal question boxes to promote close, active reading and critical analysis of the passage. These marginal question boxes ask students to analyze the adjacent text and respond to questions about characterization, plot development, literary technique, supporting evidence, theme, conflict, context clue vocabulary, purpose, and explaining complex sentences and passages. Students are directed to highlight specific pieces of information and write directly on the text.
These three passages will easily provide a two week learning opportunity in developing active reading skills and textual analysis; the exercises may be completed individually, in small groups, or modeled for the whole class on an overhead projection. Complete answer keys are provided. This item contains a map of the Yukon Territory to help visualize the journeys describe in the stories, a list of tone and mood words, and a helpful reading strategies bookmark/table card. This item comes as an Adobe .pdf file.
rigor and relevance