I like to include work in my units which allow students to use multiple-intelligences or demonstrate skills other than reading, speaking and writing. Not only does it engage reluctant learners, but it also helps students connect more deeply with the novel's central character. This feels like "fun."
This assignment is designed to be completed in one class period. The students are asked to refer to Chapter 6 in Into the Wild to review the belt that Chris designed. The belt reflected significant moments or accomplishments in his life. Students are asked to draw a belt of their own and explain which image they deem most important. They explain their choices in a short essay.
This assignment is best done after Chapter 6, though it can be assigned after the novel is completed.