We are beginning our unit on the novel The Call of the Wild. I hope you are as excited as I am to begin exploring this American classic by the unique author Jack London. Written at the turn of the 20th century, this book has language that can be challenging to digest. But don't get discouraged! I am sure that you all will have great success with this book, and we will spend much class time discussing quotations from the text.
London's life significantly influenced his writing, so we will begin our unit by researching his life and work as an author. Our study of the novel will occur on three levels:
(1) The surface level story of the main character, a dog named Buck
(2) An look at the story as a biographical portrayal of London himself
(3) A political and philosophical examination of Social Darwinism
Most of our class time will be spent discussing the chapters, with our literature study focusing on three Essential Questions:
1. What similarities and differences exist among characters who survive?
2. In survival, what accounts for more: instinct, luck, or determination?
When you are reading the chapters at home be sure to be reading the novel on these three levels and be thinking about how the events of the story can help you answer the Essential Questions.
The Call of the Wild is a wonderful story about personal survival, adaptation and growth through the challenges in life, from a dog's perspective. I am sure that you will enjoy our journey through this novel!