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					ELA: Literature Unit                                                                              1
Directions for Crossroads Independent Study


                                         Call of the Wild
                                         By Jack London

Instructions: You will need to check out the book, The Call of the Wild, from the bookroom. Tell
Ms. Hunt that you are reading it for Crossroads. Complete each bulleted assignment in order;
check off the boxes as you finish each part. As you complete each section (vocabulary & study
guide questions, etc.), turn them into Crossroads for correction. You will also need to complete 2
writing assignments and a multiple choice test. If you achieve a passing score on each section you
will receive 2.5 credits for this unit.

Vocabulary/Study Guide Questions

Part I:

    □ Complete Vocabulary, Part 1, before starting to read. (page 1-2)
    □ Read over Study Guide Questions for Part 1 before starting the reading (page 3)
    □ Answer the Study Guide Questions for Part 1 as you read. It may help to read for the
         answers and fill in the study guide as you go.
Part II:

    □ Complete Vocabulary, Part II-IV, before starting to read. (pages 4-5)
    □ Read over Study Guide Questions for Part II before starting the reading (page 6)
    □ Answer the Study Guide Questions for Part II as you read. It may help to read for the
          answers and fill in the study guide as you go.
Part III:

    □ Read over Study Guide Questions for Part III before starting the reading (page 7)
    □ Answer the Study Guide Questions for Part III as you read. It may help to read for the
         answers and fill in the study guide as you go.
    □ Complete Word search (page 8)
Part IV:

    □ Read over Study Guide Questions for Part IV before starting the reading (page 9)
    □ Answer the Study Guide Questions for Part IV as you read. It may help to read for the
        answers and fill in the study guide as you go.
Part V:

    □ Complete Vocabulary, Part V-VI, before starting to read. (page 10-11)
    □ Read over Study Guide Questions for Part V before starting the reading (page 12)
    □ Answer the Study Guide Questions for Part V as you read. It may help to read for the
         answers and fill in the study guide as you go.
Part VI:

    □ Read over Study Guide Questions for Part VI before starting the reading (page 13)
    □ Answer the Study Guide Questions for Part VI as you read. It may help to read for the
      answers and fill in the study guide as you go.


Lewis                                                                                          05/07
ELA: Literature Unit                                                                                 2
Directions for Crossroads Independent Study
    □ Complete Word search (page 14)

Part VII:

    □ Complete Vocabulary, Part VII, before starting to read. (page 15)
    □ Read over Study Guide Questions for Part VII before starting the reading (page 16)
    □ Answer the Study Guide Questions for Part VII as you read. It may help to read for the
      answers and fill in the study guide as you go.

Writing Assignment #1            Found Poem

A found poem is made up of words or phrases from something you read. It uses someone else’s
words, but in a new way. You can find words anywhere: newspapers, magazines, the Internet,
books, documents, oral histories and narratives. They can also be spoken words that you hear in
the hallway or at lunch.

Your assignment is to write a found poem that addresses the theme of “survival of the fittest”,
which runs throughout the book. The strong and the quick survive; the weak and the slow die.
Darwin suggested that this process of natural selection is one means by which evolution takes
place.

    □ Step One: Flip through a magazine or newspaper and cut out words that catch your eye.
      If your source is a book or spoken word, write the words down on a piece of paper.
    □ Step Two: Choose 10 main key words or phrases that describe how you see the theme of
      survival of the fittest being represented.
    □ Step Three: Arrange these words or phrases in a meaningful way to make a poem that
      expresses the theme of survival of the fittest. Write type or use the pieces you’ve cut out of
      magazines or newspapers. Glue them to construction paper and illustrate with pictures.

        See model found poem below:




Lewis                                                                                             05/07
ELA: Literature Unit                                                                                3
Directions for Crossroads Independent Study


Writing Assignment # 2                    Endangered Species PowerPoint

In this assignment you will concentrate on the world of the wild. In our times, “civilization” is
spreading and taking over the habitat of many wild animals. Whether or not civilization is advancing
and improving our planet or is ruining it is a question open for debate. The fact remains, however,
that certain animals are running out of living space and are definitely being affected by our
expanding civilization.

Your assignment is to research one of the animals on the endangered species list. Make sure you
address the following points in your PowerPoint:

    □   Where and how it lives
    □   How many are left
    □   What problems civilization is causing for it-why is it on the endangered species list?
    □   What, if anything, people can do to help this kind of animal if they want to

Step One:
   □ Begin by gathering information-books, magazine articles, encyclopedias, the Internet. Use
       our library; ask Doc Waite!
   □ Make sure you keep a list of the references or sources that you use. This means you
       should write down the URL address for every website you use. If you use a book,
       encyclopedia, or magazine then you need the title, volume #, author, publisher, and date of
       publication. The assignment will not be accepted without a complete sources list.
   □ Take notes but do not copy the author’s words. Yes, we can tell. It is cheating and is
       against our honesty code at this school, not to mention being against the law. Use your
       own words.

Step Two:
   □ Go over your information and organize it in a logical series of thoughts. Use the points
       listed above to guide what information you need to cover.
   □ Write or type it out on paper before you start making your PowerPoint. Have a plan.

Step Three:
   □ Start your PowerPoint. Remember the 6/6 rule: No more than 6 points on a slide and
       no more than 6 words in that point.
   □ Find pictures, maps, etc. that enhance your text. You must list the URL address where
       you get your images on your sources slide. You should have a minimum of 6 slides. You
       must have a title slide and a sources slide.
   □ Make sure that someone looking at your slide can read it from across the room (when
       projected on a TV screen). The wording should be clear and easy to read. Choose your
       words and images carefully.

Step Four:
   □ Make sure you spell-check your project and have someone proofread it double-checking
       your grammar, spelling, organization, and the clarity of your ideas.



Lewis                                                                                            05/07
ELA: Literature Unit                                                                            4
Directions for Crossroads Independent Study
    □ Make sure you save your work – you may have to make corrections and you don’t want to
      have to start over from scratch.
    □ Upload your finished project to the Crossroads assignments section on Ms. Lewis’
      webpage. Ask for instructions on how to do this. Disks are unreliable and will not be
      accepted.

Multiple Choice Test

    □ You may take your final test at any time after you have finished the vocabulary/study guide
      questions and it has been corrected. If you know your study guide questions you will be
      able to successfully complete the test.
    □ You must achieve mastery (70% correct) on the test. You may retake the test to achieve
      mastery.




Lewis                                                                                        05/07

				
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