Students not only enjoy reading tales of mystery, danger, comedy, and humor; they also learn valuable life lessons from them. Included in this packet, centered around "The Cremation of Sam McGee," are discussion questions, creative suggestions for improvisation, role play and writing, and opportunities for students to write their opinions and feelings. Use these excercises to encourage lively student discussion and provide students ample opportunities to express their viewpoints and answer some difficult questions. The author says literature captures the essence of human behavior. As students read and discuss this tale, which illustrates a variety of human behaviors, they will learn to ask and answer questions, consider the opinions of others, make hard decisions, and contemplate the basis of ethical behavior.