American Lit: Into the Wild, Day 7

Standards:

  • ELAGSE11-12RI2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • ELAGSE11-12RI3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.

Learning Targets:

  • I can analyze the life and death of Chris McCandless, considering why he felt called to live alone in the wilderness and why his story resonates with so many people.
  • I can analyze how Jon Krakauer tells the story of Chris McCandless, from a journalist’s and outdoorsman’s point of view, and consider areas of the text where the author seems particularly biased or objective.

Opening (do as soon as independent reading ends): 10 minutes

  • Examining Author’s Bias – Krakauer says in the Author’s Note,  “I won’t claim to be an impartial biographer. McCandless’s strange tale struck a personal note that made a dispassionate rendering of the tragedy impossible.” Look through Into the Wild and find a quote where Krakauer is showing his bias. Write the quote on your sheet.

Work Session Part 1: Reading (20 minutes)

  • Find pages 187-199 of Into the Wild.
  • Find your third Literary Circle Job!
  • Once everyone has their chosen job, read today’s chapters with your group.
  • When you are done reading, move on to part 2.

Work Session Part 2: Working (10 minutes)

  • Find the page with your Literary Circle Job on it. Write the chapters you’re working on at the top of the page.
  • Do your Literary Circle Job on your own. You can use classroom resources (such as a dictionary) to help you, but you do not need to talk with your classmates.
  • If you finish before the rest of your group, help your other group members with their jobs. When everyone is done, move on to part 3.

Work Session Part 3: Sharing (10 minutes)

  • Go around your group and share what you wrote down. Discuss what you think it means and why it is important.
  • Find a small box on the page for each of your group members’ roles. Take notes over what your group member is saying in the small box.
  • Make sure you understand what your group members are saying, because I might call on you to share!

Closing Session: 10 minutes

More Transcendentalism – Imagine you’re a transcendentalist being interviewed by a journalist like Krakauer. How would you answer the following questions?

  1. What is your view of society?
  1. What is your view of authority?
  1. Do you have an optimistic or pessimistic view of life? Why?
  1. Do you view man as inherently good, evil, or somewhere in between? Why?

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