Call of the Wild Enrichment Activities
Buck changes a great deal over the course of the story. Look back through the story and choose some passages that describe the changes in Buck. Highlight the passages, use the collect button to gather them, and paste them into your word processor. How has Buck's physical body changed? How has his character changed? What has caused these changes? Do you think that Buck has changed for better or for worse?
Visions of Ancestors
In Chapter 4, Buck starts to have visions of pre-historic times. The memories of his comfortable life in California begin to fade, and in their place Buck discovers "the memories of his heredity." Buck gazes into the fire, and it seems as if "the flames were of another fire" from long ago. Re-read this passage from chapter 4, then look for other passages in which Buck seems to share the memories of his wild wolf ancestors. Why do you think Buck experiences these visions? Why are these visions so important? What do they mean? Write down your thoughts or discuss these questions with a friend.
Characters and Places
a. To remind yourself who's who, check the character list in the Resources section. Which characters do you think played the most important roles in Buck's life? Think about the ways in which Buck's experiences with the different people and dogs affected him. On your own or with a group, choose one or two characters that you think played important roles in Buck's life. Explain your selections in a presentation to the class.
b. Visit the maps in the Resources section to follow Buck's trail through the story. Choose any location on Buck's path, and do some research online to learn more about it. Make an illustration or write a description of what you learn, then share it with a classmate.
Visit the following web page to see photographs from the Iditarod, the annual 1,150-mile dogsled race across Alaska: http://www.iditarod.com/learn/photogallery.html
Did you notice the dogs wore boots and rested on beds of straw? How do you think these dogs' experiences compare with Buck's experience? What are the similarities? What are the differences? Visit this link to learn more about the Iditarod race: http://www.iditarod.com/learn/