"Call of the Wild" by Jack London
This novella (longer than short story, but shorter than novel will take us about 5-6 weeks to finish. It will be the hardest text we do this year as it is high 8th grade/low 9th grade reading level. Since it is so difficult for many students, we will read together and discuss in class and then students will reread at home or during homeroom reading days. I find absent kids have great difficulty with this book. One, they need to get notes from peers or myself when absent. Two, they need to discuss symbolism with peers or myself. I am available for help before school, on our homeroom passing day (Tues), and many days after school. Our focus will be vocabulary--how do you find out the meaning of words you don't know? and symbolism of characters and their actions in text. Students will have OPEN NOTE quizzes every chapter and a symbolism essay at the end of the unit.
Iditarod Race 2013
Students will be asked to check this website for extra credit questions on quizzes/homework. It is a fun site to learn a lot about Alaska in general, the Alaskan culture, and dog sled racing.