The Law of the Jungle
“I don't consider myself a survivor; that's someone who has gone through something terrible.
* Geraldine Ferraro
Overview: Students will read, summarize, and analyze true stories where people
have survived after experiencing immense challenges. Groups will create a
PowerPoint and present the true survivor stories to the class so all students are
familiar with what it takes to be a survivor. Each student will produce a short
argumentative paper identifying what character traits survivors have.
RL.7.1 – Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says
explicitly and as well as inferences drawn from the text.
W.7.1 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant articles.
W.7.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts,
and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
W.7.5 – Writing process – editing. (See wording in the core)
W.7.6 – Use technology including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to
and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking and
SL.7.1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussion building on others’ ideas
and expressing their own clearly.
SL7.5 – Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims
and findings and emphasize salient points.
Resources: Between a Rock and a Hard Spot – Aaron Ralston
Bethany Hamilton’s story – (Shark bit off her arm while surfing)
Channing Moss story – (bomb attack in Iraq left a live missile
imbedded in his abdomen)
Beyond the Bike – Lance Armstrong
Aleena Hansen story – (Attacked by a cougar)
Activate prior knowledge and explain how some people survive difficult
Music I’m a Survivor will be playing.
Show and discuss excerpts from the website for the television show Survivor.
The players are not real survivors, but class will look at some real survivor
Show excerpts from When Animals Attack.
Model reading and pulling out the details from an excerpt (Talk to the text)
Give each group a survivor excerpt from a book or a newspaper/magazine
Groups read their excerpt and pull out the explicit details.
PowerPoint/Research Assignment: Review and clarify group assignment.
Model and teach how to evaluate a website and how to take notes from a
Show examples of PowerPoint
Computer Lab Work Time:
Groups will need time to research and create their PowerPoint and plan their
presentation to the class.
Groups will present PowerPoint presentations to the class. Class members
will take notes on each presentation using a T-chart to identify the event that
happened to the survivor and the character trait that strengthened the
person so they could survive.
Writing Assignment: Review and clarify writing assignment.
Topic: What character traits do you need to be a survivor?
OR How are you a survivor?
Teach the writing process, paper organization, and mechanics as needed.
Students will meet in groups to review and edit one another’s papers, so
students hand in a quality final draft.
“I'm a survivor - a living example of what people can go through and survive.”