A. WebQuest:

WebQuests are a great way give students with little or not prior knowledge about the setting of a novel the appropriate schema to better understand the story. One of the most photographed movements between the 19th and 20th centuries, there are several online archives of photographs, maps, and other historical information available on the Klondike Gold Rush. This variety of visual and audio resources provide an activity to help students construct curiosity about Jack London's tale.

The Call of the Wild Webquest

B. Podcasts and Online Texts:

Because it is an older text and no longer falls under copyright laws, The Call of the Wild is available online for free in both audio podcasts and written texts. Students who are auditory learners, struggling readers might benefit from podcasts. Students who have strong technological interests or organizational issues might benefit from the availability of online texts.

LibriVox.jpgLibrivox Podcasts of The Call of the Wild

A podcast is on web-based audio recording.
You do not need an iPod or an mp3 player to listen to a podcast.


Page by Page Books: The Call of the Wild

Many websites offer online versions of older texts. If you cannot find what you are looking for at one site, try searching at another:
The Literature Network
Project Gutenberg
The Internet Public Library

C. Scaffold the thinking for an essay on literary analysis. Throughout the course of reading The Call of the Wild, students should develop the thinking and writing skills in order to create a literary analysis essay on theme. Because students have different levels of ability coming into this task, it is important to scaffold the process so that they are well-prepared to be successful. Here are some of the documents:

  • Themes--Provide students with a variety of themes that can be supported by the novel.
    • Themes that the students can explore are
      • "Self-preservation is stronger than love of others"
      • "Living in civilization is better than living in the wild." (or vice versa)
      • "Wild creatures can never be truly tame"
      • "Only those who adapt to changing circumstances can survive"
      • "Experience is the greatest teacher"
    • As a pre-reading activity, students complete the following "continuum" to help them get started and to understand what they need to think about as they read and annotate the text.

  • Connecting what's important to the reader in the text with theme and learning how to write in-text citations. Here are the directions for the first three chapters. Note how as the novel progresses that the writing tasks become more demanding in preparation for the final essay. Depending on your students' needs, the pace at which this kind of scaffoldling occurs may vary.

D. Students should have access to the writing assignment at the beginning of the novel so they understand that they are reading to think and write. Provide them with the Final Essay Expectations and Grading Rubric on Day 1. As they approach the time to begin organizing and writing their essays, show they how to use collaboration and graphic organizers to help students plan their final essays:


Bubbl.us is a web-based mind map with which students can organize their ideas in a colorful web and save for future reference. Click and drag you mouse over the image below to see all of the web's components.

Read-Write-Think Essay Map

The Essay Map is a tool available throughReadWriteThink.org. The screen takes students through a series of boxes to help them organize an essay. The user toggles between the screens to create a printable outline. Because students do not need to create an account, they are unable to save their work online.=

E. As an a Level Four DOK extention, give students the opportunity to create a work of fiction which applies elements from The Call of the Wild.

"The Text of the Wild"

"Cold Journey"