In addition to Jon Krakauer’s gripping story-telling, the fact that the characters are real people makes the reading of Into Thin Air so much more engaging. Each of these people was chasing a dream; some were successful, some were not, and although the reasons for their successes or failures were sometimes outside of their control, their personalities and personal motivations definitely played a role. Use this graphic organizer to help your students keep track of the numerous individuals who played a part in this great adventure story--and how their own personalities affected the outcome of their own adventure.
Each student can track a different individual, or you can assign the major players to small groups of students, allowing them to compare notes and discuss interpretations prior to writing about the character’s ability to overcome challenges en route to the summit.
A single-page graphic organizer that guides students to record details about a character, track the positive and negative events that impact the climber during the story, and use text evidence to draw conclusions about character's personality traits. The orgranizer includes a space for students to synthesize their understanding of how these elements affected the climber's ultimate success or failure on the mountain.
A second page is intended to be photocopied on the back of the organizer. It includes an essay prompt (which could also be used as a discussion starter) and a list of descriptive terms to help students complete the front of the orgranizer.
I've created the organizer in PowerPoint, but it is designed to print directly to letter paper. It is fully editable, so you can use it as it is, or adapt it to your specific objectives or essential question. Please check out the Preview for a look at the complete resource.