Reflection: Standards Alignment Jack London Letter & Timeline - Section 1: Reading "Letter to his Publisher"


As we seek to bring the instructional years into alignment, gaps inevitably appear.  One of the areas in which I notice a lack relates to primary sources.  The reason is obvious -- as English teachers, we usually work with literature, and even our historical texts tend to be secondary sources.

So, the availability of primary sources is a good reason to work with the biographical information that is so tempting to skip.  Often, if you do an author study, you can find a letter or two from that author.  Reading a letter instead of, say, an encyclopedia entry, allows the students to hear the voice of the author OUTSIDE of the more constructed perspective of a novelist or short story writer.  They allow for a discussion of references and inferences.  And, sometimes, they are amusing or sarcastic, which is an added bonus.

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Jack London Letter & Timeline

Unit 4: Nature, Naturalism, and The Call of the Wild
Lesson 13 of 14

Objective: SWBAT evaluate the influence of Jack London's background on his writing style and career.

Big Idea: London took the road less traveled -- is that road closed to us today?

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