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Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
Pixton Lesson Plan on Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

Main Characters

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

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  • Chris McCandless from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Chris McCandless

    Idealistic young man who believes that life is best lived in nature alone

  • Anchorage couple from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Anchorage couple

    Pair who finds the abandoned bus in Alaska and discovers Chris’s body

  • Jan Burres and Bob from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Jan Burres and Bob

    Couple who meets Chris in the summer of 1990 and becomes close with him

  • Charlie #2 from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Charlie

    Old man who suggests that Chris live in an empty RV of which Charlie is a caretaker

  • Ronald Franz from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Ronald Franz

    80-year-old man who hosts Chris for a time and gives him a ride

  • Jim Gallien from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Jim Gallien

    The last person to see McCandless alive, he dropped him off in Alaska

  • Jon Krakauer from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Jon Krakauer

    The author, who describes his own journey in Alaska

  • Carine McCandless from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Carine McCandless

    Chris's younger sister and confidante

  • Walt McCandless from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Walt McCandless

    Chris's father

  • "Billie" McCandless

    Chris's mother

  • Ken Thompson, Gordon Samel, and Ferdie Swanson from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Ken Thompson, Gordon Samel, and Ferdie Swanson

    Moose hunters who happen upon the bus in Alaska

  • Wayne Westerberg from Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Wayne Westerberg

    Grain elevator operator who befriends Chris

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Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Teacher Guide

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • This book is a true story of a young man trying to survive in the wild of Alaska. Ask students to think about the wildest place they have ever been, how long they stayed, and what their experiences were like. Share in small groups and then as a class.

  • Ask students to think about some alternative plans they might have other than beginning college immediately after high school. What might they do? Why would they do it, and for how long could they see themselves doing that activity?

  • Ask students to write a journal on the following quote: “I have some good friends here, but no one who really understands why I am here or what I do.” Ask students to agree or disagree on the statement, both personally, and about teens in general.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Character Map

    Begin after the first chapter and make additions throughout the unit

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  • Make a Comic
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the book

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  • Make a Comic
    Types of Conflict

    Complete at the end of the book

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Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • Do you think Chris McCandless was brave or foolish? Explain your opinion.

  • Do you like the way Jon Krakauer narrates the story of Chris McCandless? Why/Why not? What are some other ways he could have told this story? How would the effect of the story change?
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Pixton Activity: Into The Wild 1 Character Map

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the story’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from Into the Wild and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Into The Wild 2 Major Themes

Intro

Three major themes in Into the Wild are:

  • Fathers and sons
  • Materialism
  • Survival in the wilderness

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least three examples in the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme in the title or map center.
  • Identify the paragraph number in the panel title.
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene.
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme.
  • In a final panel, briefly describe how the theme causes the reader to reflect. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Into The Wild 3 Types of Conflict

Instructions

In the novel Into The Wild, identify the key types of conflict that are present. Using a Grid or Storyboard format, identify an example for each type of conflict present.

  • There may be more than one type, so it is important that you thoroughly analyze your selection.
  • Provide a brief description as to why you believe that this is a good example.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Types of Conflict

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview Multiple types of conflict are fully discussed: all examples are thoroughly discussed. More than one type of conflict is fully discussed; examples are well developed and precise. More than one type of conflict is briefly discussed; examples provide sufficient support. One type of conflict is briefly discussed; examples show limited support. One type of conflict is poorly discussed; lacks supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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