Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Chapter 1: “The Ten Thousand Things”)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is a memoir by American author Cheryl Strayed. The narrative of Wild describes Strayed’s 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and the emotional journey that accompanied it. Wild explores themes of forgiveness, solitude, self reflection, and mankind’s relationship to wilderness. In this lesson, students will examine the genres of memoir and Bildungsroman, research author Cheryl Strayed, and identify and analyze the narrative perspective introduced in the Prologue.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Cheryl Strayed. When was Strayed’s debut novel Torch published? For what major periodicals has Strayed published essays and stories? What reception did Wild receive when it was first published? How did the memoir benefit from Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read the Prologue of Wild and...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.5, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.5, 11-12.10
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