Lesson 1 (from Part I)
To Build A Fire is a 1908 short story by Jack London. A previous version of the story was published in 1902 which differed greatly from the later, popularized version. Involving such themes as fear, death, and the individual versus nature, To Build A Fire has been categorized as a naturalistic work of fiction in which London depicts human beings as subject to the laws of nature and controlled by their environment. In this lesson, students are introduced to the story and will research and discuss American author Jack London.
Teacher Lecture: Introduce the class to the short story and its author. To Build A Fire was published in 1908. A previous version, published in 1902, differed greatly in character and narrative. Jack London, born in 1876, is well known for his classic novels Call of the Wild and White Fang.
Research Activity: Allow students time in class to conduct...
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