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The Call of the Wild

Chapter 2

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Thus, as token of what a puppet thing life is, the ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again; and he came because men had found a yellow metal in the North, and because Manuel was a gardener's helper whose wages did not lap over the needs of his wife and divers small copies of himself. Literary DeviceStop and Think!

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Create your own summary. Use the Key Points list below or use the Text Help toolbar to highlight and collect key points you choose from the text. Then write a summary in your own words. You could also try sketching your summary.

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1. Buck witnesses Curly's vicious death.

2. Buck is harnessed for the first time.

3. Buck learns how to become a sled dog very quickly.

4. Buck learns to sleep in snow.

5. The dogs travels many miles each day through the Alaskan wilderness.

6. Buck begins to change.

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Choose one of the strategies you've practiced here—visualize, summarize, predict, or question. Pick one that works well for you and is suited to the passage.

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Monty's Thoughts

In my summary, I elaborated on each key event and then added a concluding sentence to show how Buck's life had changed so dramatically in Chapter 2.



Monty's Response

Curly is brutally killed by the other dogs. Buck understands that his whole world has changed. Perrault harnesses Buck for the first time, and Buck soon discovers his skills as sled dog. Buck's strength and morals changes as they travel through the Alaskan wilderness each day.

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Hali's Thoughts

I imagined I was making a movie of the chapter to help me to create my summary. I went back through the chapter and looked at all of the images to help me visualize my movie. This helped me to see what events were the most important.

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Pedro's Self Check

To check your summary, ask yourself if your summary—

Captures the main ideas and key information.

Has the right amount of detail (not too much, not too little).

Combines several ideas or facts into one statement.

Paraphrases, or explains in your own words.

Includes information from text and images.

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Monty's Thoughts

In my summary, I elaborated on each key event and then added a concluding sentence to show how Buck's life had changed so dramatically in Chapter 2.

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Hali's Thoughts

I imagined I was making a movie of the chapter to help me to create my summary. I went back through the chapter and looked at all of the images to help me visualize my movie. This helped me to see what events were the most important.

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Pedro's Self Check

To check your summary, ask yourself if your summary—

Captures the main ideas and key information.

Has the right amount of detail (not too much, not too little).

Combines several ideas or facts into one statement.

Paraphrases, or explains in your own words.

Includes information from text and images.

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Monty's Thoughts

When I approach the end of a chapter, I like to summarize. This helps me review what I know so far about the story and what questions I might have to discuss with a friend or teacher.

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Hali's Thoughts

One of my favorite reading strategies is visualizing. Sometimes I close my eyes and imagine the story, other times I like to draw what I am seeing. Once I took photographs and made a short movie with them. It really made the story come alive.