Writing About Literature: What Is Happiness?

This Writing About Literature: What Is Happiness? assessment also includes:

Jack London's heart for adventure has come to define the spirit of America and its frontier. Selected passages from the foreword The Cruise of the Snark take eighth graders through London's construction and voyage of his ship before asking them to connect the story's theme to a quote about happiness from Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect to a unit on The Call of the Wild or in another lesson that focuses on descriptions of nature
  • Begin the lesson with a journal prompt about students' relationship with adventure, and whether they'd enjoy a dangerous journey or not
  • Have pupils read the book itself before completing the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for eighth graders, but reading level would make the activity appropriate for older learners as well
  • Text is Lexile® 840L
  • Focuses on the foreword of the book only

  • Teacher guide and rubric rounds out the activity well
  • Provides a key to measure text complexity
  • Contains several writing options as well as an extended writing prompt

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