Call of the Wild, The - E-Guide

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 The Great American Read #37 (Top 100), The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time #38, 100 Best Novels Written in English #35.

The dog Buck lives a privileged life in the family of a California judge. But when gold is discovered in the Yukon Valley and thousands of men rush north, Buck is stolen from his home and sent north to pull sleds for the Canadian mail service.

Buck finds he must learn fast or die, and the new law of life is primitivethe law of club and fang.

London reveals the lengths to which men will go to satisfy the gold lust, and he explores the animal instinct of kill or be killed as Buck rises to become leader of the pack. 

Through Jack London's exciting Alaskan adventure, Call of the Wild, students will learn:

Historical Background: Gold rush 1897-8, Alaska.

Author Biography: Learn about Jack London.

Before-You-Read Activities: History research, maps, timeline, biography, art, movies.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: In context, dictionary, anthropomorphism, personification, setting, hyperbole, repetition, dialect, irony, foil, paradox, allusion, simile, metaphor, legend, dichotomy, theme, dramatic structure.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Equal under God, do unto others, authority, determinism, moral relativism, pragmatism, success vs. doing right, pride, strong vs. weak, wise counsel, love our neighbor, conflict, mercy, power and wealth. 

Activities and Writing Assignments: Animals, morality, multiple essay ideas, absurdity used to justify, class discussions, animal euthanasia, leadership, trip/activity planning, haiku, dog training.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Call of the Wild by Jack London. Movie suggestions included.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Recommended Grade Level:
Yukon Gold Rush, Alaska, Canada, 1800s
American Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
80 pages
Study Guide Author:
Lisa Tiffin
For the Book By:
Jack London


  • 4

    Posted by Unknown on 25th Oct 2017

    The guide is well-developed. It is a bit deep for my middle school (6th grade) class but we make it work. I appreciate the Biblical integration we had a great discussion today about moral relativism vs absolutism.

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    Great guides

    Posted by Donna R. on 5th Oct 2016

    I've only used one guide from Progeny Press so far, but I guarantee I will order more. They are very well written and thought provoking. My son seemed to enjoy doing them. They are time consuming, however, due to the detail. I love how there are extra projects if you choose to use them. I also love the ability to download them instantly for use.

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    So far it is working

    Posted by McGill U. on 9th Jun 2015

    So far it is working great for us.