Help your students connect outside information to The Call of the Wild with this paired text unit! Students will learn the current scientific theories about how dogs came into being, understand traits wolves and dogs have, and will be able to connect all of this information to The Call of the Wild. To make it more engaging and informative, I paired two different sources with the novel: a Newsela article and an informative video from The New York Times.
•Article Gallery Walk instructions and worksheet that pairs with a Newsela article about the evolution of dogs. This lesson gets students out of their seats and moving, while also working together to gather information!
•Think-Pair-Share instructions and activity that pairs with a video from The New York Times.
•Class Discussion instructions, prompts, and worksheet. This format incorporates a beach ball to add a fun twist to a class conversation!
•Answer key for every lesson.
Common Core Alignment:
This product is aligned with the Common Core Reading Standards and Common Core Speaking & Listening Standards for both eighth and ninth grade. This unit integrates various content in diverse media (informational article and informational video) (CCRA.R.7). This unit uses all of the following discussion types: one-one-one, groups, and teacher-led (SL.9-10.1). Finally, students are required to present their ideas and findings in a coherent manner through various forms of collaborative discussions (SL.8.4).
**In order to use this product, you will need a subscription to Newsela (https://newsela.com). The basic subscription is free, and you will be able to print the article for your students or share it to them for free by creating a class. I included the link to the specific article in the unit, but you can also type the title of the article into the search bar.
You can use this product with your students at any point in the novel The Call of the Wild; however, the answer key includes answers that encompass the end of the novel.
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