To Build a Fire Short Story Literature Guide Unit Printable and Digital

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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Teaching "To Build a Fire" doesn't have to be a long, cold experience! With this up-to-date mini unit teaching pack, you have everything you need to set, teach, enjoy, and assess this classic short story. Plus -- it's all super low prep and standards based.

Student Experience: Students will step into the shoes of the traveler in the pre-reading activities and explore the Alaskan terrain, answer text-based questions, read about a real-life survivor and make comparisons, and analyze the film version of this text. Each activity is designed with the teen audience in mind from its content, rigor, and visual appeal.


  • Links to Texts, Audio, and Movie
  • Pre-Reading Group Activity (link provided)
  • Background info
  • Text-Based Comprehension Questions with answers
  • Nonfiction Paired Reading (with answers)
  • Skills Focus Tasks (with answers)
  • Cause and Effect
  • Irony
  • Setting Affects Plot Gallery Walk (Can also be used as pre-reading)
  • Symbolism
  • Two Writing Prompts
  • How-To Mode Creative Exercise
  • Movie Viewing Guide (with suggested answers)
  • PDF and digital format made with Google

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Updated 2020

Total Pages
55 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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