This "To Build a Fire Unit"
comes with everything you need to teach this short story. It includes the following:
❶ Step-by-Step Instructions
❷ Daily Bell Ringers
that are relevant to the story
❸ Station Tasks
that require close reading, analysis, and synthesis of text
. Students will dig into the story and use quotes and specific references to complete the tasks. Detailed answer key provided.
❹ Optional fun activities
such as a student commentator script - instructions provided.
❺ Word Document of "To Build a Fire" short story with the vocabulary words underlined.
- Handout with 25 words
, part of speech, definition; Vocabulary Hands-On Poster Activity with Rubric for Grading
; Vocabulary Quiz in 2 versions
- 20 multiple-choice questions with answer key.
The vocabulary word handout is editable
in case you want to change some of the words. The rubric and quiz are also editable.
These are the words covered in this lesson pack: pall, undulations, conjectural, speculatively, protruding, vague, menacing, apprehension, subdued, unwonted, monotonously, reiterated, gingerly, smote, imperative, conflagration, folly, imperceptible, spasmodically, apathetically, wistful, mincingly, peremptorily, poignant, and chidden.
Sample Quiz Questions:
_____ 1. Which two words are similar in meaning?
A. pall and gingerly
B. vague and unwonted
C. conjectural and speculatively
D. undulations and folly
_____ 10. Which sentence below does NOT use the underlined vocabulary word correctly?
A. The lecture was delivered so monotonously that many students fell asleep.
B. The teacher reiterated the main points of the lesson when she finished speaking.
C. The teacher was so cheerful that she delivered the lecture in a poignant way.
D. The teacher moved around the room mincingly in her high heels.
_____ 17. When the soccer players ran into each other on the field, a bystander yelled, "Oh my! His broken leg bone is poking through his skin! Handle his leg __________ until the ambulance arrives!"
❼ FINAL TEST
- 25 multiple-choice questions that go from basic comprehension to thoughtful analysis and synthesis. The test comes in 2 versions
where the answers choices are scrambled. If someone with a different version copies another student's paper, every single answer will be wrong. Answer key
The test also comes in an editable PowerPoint
if you wish to add or change questions.
_____ 6. Which of the following is NOT true of the story?
A. The man has never experienced the degree of cold he does in this story.
B. The dog's instincts are sharper than the man's instincts.
C. The man hopes to get to Henderson Creek by 6:00 p.m.
D. The traveling man never admits the old man at Sulphur Creek was right.
_____ 12. "But all this – the mysterious, far-reaching hair-line trail, the absence of sun from the sky, the tremendous cold, and the strangeness and weirdness of it all – made no impression on the man." Considering what you know about the main character, what conclusion can you draw from this statement about him?
A. He does not consider the weather a true threat.
B. He doesn't let weather put him in a bad mood.
C. He is very careful.
D. He relies on instincts.
_____ 14. When the man begins his journey and notices that it is extremely cold, he thinks to himself, "What were frosted cheeks? A bit painful, that was all; they were never serious." Considering the rest of the story, this statement is an example of ____________________.
_____ 20. Which statement from the story is NOT an example of foreshadowing?
A. "At the man's heels trotted a dog, a big native husky, the proper wolf-dog, gray- coated and without any visible or temperamental difference from its brother, the wild wolf."
B. "It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark, and that was due to the absence of sun."
C. "The animal was depressed by the tremendous cold. It knew that it was no time for travelling. Its instinct told it a truer tale than was told to the man by the man's judgment."
D. "He worked slowly and carefully, keenly aware of his danger."
Lessons to Teach Before or After "To Build a Fire"
• "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
• Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Excerpt
• Nightjohn Movie Quiz
• "A Parody" by Frederick Douglass
• Queen by Alex Haley (movie)
• "37 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police" by Martin Gansberg
• Great Gatsby Unit - Interactive Notebook Activities, Quizzes, Vocabulary, Test
• Great Gatsby Quizzes for Entire Novel
• Great Gatsby Final Test
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