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The Call of the Wild

Chapter 1

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The other dog made no advances, nor received any; also, he did not attempt to steal from the newcomers. He was a gloomy, morose fellow, ant he showed Curly plainly that all he desired was to be left alone, and further, that there would be trouble if he were not left alone. "Dave" he was called, and he ate and slept, or yawned between times, and took interest in nothing, not even when the Narwhal crossed Queen Charlotte Sound and rolled and pitched and bucked like a thing possessed. Literary DeviceWhen Buck and Curly grew excited, half-wild with fear, he raised his head as though annoyed, favored them with an incurious glance, yawned, and went to sleep again.

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Day and night the ship throbbed to the tireless pulse of the propeller, and though one day was very like another, it was apparent to Buck that the weather was steadily growing colder. At last, one morning, the propeller was quiet, and the Narwhal was pervaded with an atmosphere of excitement. He felt it, as did the other dogs, and knew that a change was at hand. Francois leashed them and brought them on deck. At the first step upon the cold surface, Buck's feet sank into a white mushy something very like mud. He sprang back with a snort. More of this white stuff was falling through the air. He shook himself, but more of it fell upon him. He sniffed it curiously, then licked some up on his tongue. It bit like fire, and the next instant was gone. Literary DeviceThis puzzled him. He tried it again, with the same results. The onlookers laughed uproariously, and he felt ashamed, he knew not why, for it was his first Resources snow.Stop and Think!

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1. Buck lives happily on a California estate.

2. Buck is kidnapped.

3. Buck rides north to Seattle.

4. Buck is beaten by the dog-breaker.

5. Perrault buys Buck.

6. Buck sails north to the Yukon.

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Buck lives contentedly on a California estate. Manuel kidnaps Buck, and sells him into slavery. Buck travels north to Seattle and is beaten by the dog-breaker. Perrault buys Buck, and they head North to the Alaskan wilderness.

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I imagined that I was making a short movie to create my summary. Going over the illustrations in this chapter helped me visualize what had happened.

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To check your summary, ask yourself if your summary—

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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 1.

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Hali's Thoughts

I imagined that I was making a short movie to create my summary. Going over the illustrations in this chapter helped me visualize what had happened.

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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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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.