To Build A Fire by Jack London

Below is a PowerPoint I use when teaching the popular story, To Build A Fire, by Jack London.  I use this story to teach characterization and character development, and how they are established by the author’s use of a particular point of view or perspective.  Students are asked to consider how the dog, equally as important a character as the man, is used to reveal aspects about the man’s character.

* A fun extension activity I have done with students, especially students who live in hot climates, is to ask them to write their name or tie their shoes with their fingers taped together, to illustrate the debilitating effects of frostbite.

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