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To Build a Fire

11-13 yrs old

Reading and Writing

Students create a dwelling that would have solved the conflict for the protagonist.

avatar Submitted By: Mike Renne

January 3, 2018

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
  • Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
  • Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
  • Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.

Guiding Ideas

How do particular elements of this story interact or affect other story elements (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)?

Student Activities

Students read and analyze "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. The students create a dwelling that would have solved the conflict for the protagonist (snow, cold, wet) and leave objects in the house that would allow the protagonist to survive. They will have to journal their rationales for every decision using in-game Book and Quill.

Performance Expectations

Students will have at least one dwelling designed and constructed that significantly changes story elements.

Students will have at least three journal entries logged.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

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