The Apostate by Jack London is the story of a young boy, Johnny, who works in a mill. As a social studies teacher, I used this text to breathe life into the industrial revolution and challenge students to break down complex vocabulary by using context clues.
As a final project, students had to retell the story of Johnny in a comic strip. The assignment sheet is included here.
An electronic copy of "The Apostate" is available online for free.