The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
The Middle Schoolers discussed everything from the Gold Rush to animal cruelty.
Miss Sherry’s Take Away:
Knowledge and Power are equal in the fight for survival. Knowledge and power are both important things that are mutually instinctual as well as learned. If one is given all the power, but lacks knowledge the power is rendered primarily useless. Likewise knowledge without a measure of power is also useless.
This book can be checked out on the Idaho Digital Consortium as an Ebook:
Call Of The Wild Crossword Puzzles
Make It Local: Idaho Sled Dog Challenge
Reader Resources from NEA: www.arts.gov
Discuss Civilization vs. Wilderness
- How does Buck’s personality change with the setting of the story?
- What was life like for Buck when he was living with Judge Miller? Was he spoiled?
- What acts, or duties was Buck forced to do while he was living as a sled dog?
- How did you feel about Buck becoming wild? Did you find it exciting, or are you sad for him? Did you feel the call for him when reading the book?
- Why does Buck feel that it’s necessary to steal and fight, even though he doesn’t want to?
- Do you think Buck belonged to the Wild?
- What about your animals?
We ended our discussion by watching the new movie together.