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Into the Wild Introduction

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Transcript of Into the Wild Introduction

Into the Wild

Meet the Author
Jon Krakauer

“Death of an Innocent” 9,000-word article by Jon Krakauer appeared in Outside, Jan. 1993
Into the Wild novel by Jon Krakauer published 1996

Other Publications
“The Cult of Chris McCandless”
article by Matthew Power appeared in Men’s Journal, Sept. 2007
Into the Wild film produced 2007
Note: various other articles have been written in addition to television interviews and coverage.

“Adventure” enthusiast
Experienced hiker, climber, and writer
Eiger Dreams
Into Thin Air
Under the Banner of Heaven
Editor of the Modern Library Exploration series

Chris McCandless
Decomposed body found in bus (Alaska) in September 1992
From affluent East Coast family
Emory University alumni (1990)
Two-year “odyssey” from 1990-1992

“Alexander Supertramp”

Think about some alternative plans you might have instead of beginning college immediately after high school. What might you do, why would you do it, and how long do you see yourself in this activity? (Get specific!)

Personal Journal #1

Monday, April 20th
1. How long did Chris McCandless’ journey in the Alaskan wilderness last?

2. Immediately after graduating from Emory University in 1990, Chris McCandless dropped out of sight. List 5 things that he did to support his “plan”.

3. What are some themes Krakauer mentions are the result of his “meandering inquiry”?

4. What do you think Krakauer means when he states “I won’t claim to be an impartial biographer”?

5. What reason does Krakauer offer for writing this book?

Author's Note

1. Who is Jim Gallien? What does he do for Alex?

2. Jim Gallien thought about informing the Alaska State Troopers about Alex and his intentions. Why does he change his mind? Explain. (hint: there are a couple reasons)

3. When Chris's body was discovered, how long had he been dead? Who discovered his body?

4. Where is Chris originally from? According to Wayne, what type of relationship did Chris have with his family?

5. How did Alex and Wayne Westerburg meet? What did Alex give Westerburg before he left?
Quiz #1 (Chapter 1-3)
Personal Journal #4
Tuesday, April 21st
Read Chapters 1-3
Think about some of YOUR beliefs. What do you believe in? Why? How do your beliefs shape who you are? Where does your set of beliefs come from? What do your beliefs “look” like?

Think about some alternative plans you might have instead of beginning college immediately after high school. What might you do, why would you do it, and how long do you see yourself in this activity? (Get specific!)

Use this to help you write your postcard, or choose a new destination

**See assignment hand out for details**

Refer back to your Personal Journal #1 and your future plans.
When does your “real life” start?

What factors determine that point?

When should it begin?

What happens to people who die before they reach that point?

Personal Journal #5
Wednesday, April 22nd
Personal Journal #7
Quiz #2 (Chapters 4-6)
Friday, April 24th
Quiz #3 (Chapters 7-9)
Quiz #4 (Chapters 10-12)
Personal Journal #9
Wednesday, April 29th
Quiz #5 (Chapters 13-15)
Quiz #6 (Chapters 16-18)
Read Chapters 7-9
Read Chapters 4-6
"Social Experiment Assignment"
"Digging Deeper"
Ronald Franz and Chris McCandless establish a father-son type of relationship. Identify one benefit or drawback (using a quote) that each gets out of the relationship.

Before Chris leaves for Alaska, Wayne Westerberg offers to buy him a plane ticket. Chris refuses, however, claiming, “flying would be cheating. It would wreck the whole trip” (67). Find and explain two quotes from this chapter that demonstrate whether or not Chris actually lives by his own words.

Additional Discussion Topic: “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure” (57).
How does this quote apply to Chris McCandless?

1. What “unnecessary baggage” does Chris shed in the Detrital Valley?

2. Who are Jan Burres and Bob? How does Chris keep in touch with them?

3. Where does Chris work while staying in Bullhead City? Where did he live?

4. What is life like at The Slabs?

Who does Chris meet up with again at The Slabs?

5. What does Krakauer say Chris "seemed to forget" about his favorite author, Jack London? What was London like in real life?

6. Who is Ron Franz? How do he and Chris meet?

1.How do Wayne Westerberg’s girlfriend, Gail Borah, and his mother, Mary, react to Chris McCandless?

2. How does Chris plan to travel to Alaska? Why does he choose this method?

3. Many people had their own opinion regarding Chris's death, especially the Alaskan people. What were some of the things said about Chris and/or Krakauer?

4. Jon Krakauer states that Chris wasn't a "nutcase" a "sociopath" or an "outcast". He was perhaps a _______________?

5. Krakauer spends all of chapter 9 recounting the life or another young explorer. What is his name? Where did he "walk into the wild?"

6. Discuss at least two major similarities between the explorer from chapter 9 and Chris McCandless.

Monday, April 27th
Thursday, April 30th
What is the biggest adventure that you have ever been on? Describe the situation and your emotions surrounding it; did you feel free? Happy? Alone? Bonded with those with you? Independent? Like a tourist?

Read Chapters 10-12
Personal Journal #8 - Emerson Activity

Into the Wild: Social Experiment
English III - Block 1
Please choose one of the following options.
1. Beginning at 9:25 a.m. TODAY (as soon as this class ends) until 9:25 a.m. tomorrow…your cell phone should be turned OFF. It is only 24 hours, there are no exceptions. This experiment includes abstaining from any/all activities that are included in using your cell phone (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Internet, etc.).

2. Beginning at 9:25 a.m. TODAY (as soon as this class ends) until 9:25 a.m. tomorrow…do not speak to a single person. If a teacher asks you a direct question, you might have to break from the experiment—but other than that, no talking whatsoever. This includes family members, friends, pets, etc.

3. Today after school, go to the Springfield Nature Center. You must be alone and you must stay until the park closes (6 p.m.). You are not allowed to listen to music or talk to anyone while you are there.

Personal Journal #6
Thursday, April 23rd
Chris & Franz
Chris & Wayne

Personal Journal #2 - Notes

Directions: Read the excerpt carefully. You may want to read it more than once. Answer the following questions using complete sentences.

1. "The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify of that particular ray." Interpret.
2. What does Emerson mean by the "divine idea which each of us represents"? (pp. 1)
3. "The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion." Explain.
4. Interpret the metaphor, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines."
5. Respond to the essay. Write a paragraph expressing your reactions to the essay.
Use correct body paragraph format
Cite at least 2 examples from the article
Use at least 2 personal examples

Chapter 16: Include a discussion of Thoreau’s Walden and why McCandless might have found this account of “life in the woods” useful to him. How does the author try to manipulate emotions? What does McCandless discuss with Stuckey? How does McCandless affect Stuckey? How does the story of their interaction affect your ideas about McCandless? Are your emotions in conflict with your logical interpretation of events? In tragedy, we often seek for humorous relief, does Krakauer attempt to provide moments of humor?

Chapter 17: Krakauer says that McCandless has “idiosyncratic logic.” Why? What is idiosyncratic logic? When the author tries to restage Chris’s trip to Stampede Trail, what does he realize about how Chris might have saved himself? Why would a map have helped him? How does not having a map reveal the idiosyncratic logic Krakauer claim McCandless possesses? What is the “force not bound to be kind to a man?”

Chapter 18: What evidence is there that Chris might have planned to return to civilization is found in this chapter? Explain why he failed. Do you agree with Krakauer’s assessment that McCandless’s risky behavior is a “rite of passage in our culture?” McCandless’s writes his last note August 12 and dies about August 18. Do the events surrounding the deterioration of McCandless seem to support Krakauer’s assertion in chapter 18-- “Chris McCandless was at peace, serene as a monk gone to God?”

In groups, answer the above questions and prepare to share your ideas with the class.

Personal Journal #10 - Poetry

Chris McCandless Timeline

Into the Wild
Aftermath Hazard
Directions: Read each poem. You may have to re-read each poem. Answer the following questions using complete sentences.

1. Choose two lines from each poem that identify with Chris, his journey, or his story in general.
Copy each line down and give a description for each using complete sentences and correct grammar.
2. Write a haiku that describes Chris's journey Into the Wild.
The haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables.
Haiku is a mood poem and it doesn't use any metaphors or similes.
1. Describe your experience during the social experiment.
What challenges did you face without your phone?
What was it like not speaking to anyone for an entire day?
What was it like at the Nature Center, alone?
2. Include details from your experience.
3. Was there anything good about this experiment?
4. What did you learn?
Personal Journal #6 - continued...
1/2 page response
A majority of chapter 8 & 9, Krakauer discusses the stories/adventures of 4 other men.
What are their names?
What are their stories?
Why does Krakauer mention these men in his novel? What is the purpose?

Read Chapters 13-15
McCandless Family Portrait
1. What made Gallien contact the Alaskan State Troopers? They had received many calls but what made them believe Jim?
2. Once Wayne realized the kid was Alex, he contacted the troopers. Why didn't they believe him at first. What information made them come around?
3. Who did the state troopers contact in Virginia? What is Walt's response in regard to Chris's disappearance and death?
4. Who does Walt claim Chris is a lot alike and in what way?
5. According to Walt, Chris had so much natural talent when it came to sports, but what stood in his way? What sport did Chris fall in love with?
6. After Chris graduated high school he took a trip, what happened? What agreement was Chris asked to honor while away?
7. What information did Chris discover about his father? According to Carine what does Chris do with troubling information?
8. Why didn't Carine get upset when Chris stopped writing? What would have happened had he written to his family?
Personal Journal #11
What is your toughest struggle? What challenges you the most?

Personal Journal #12
Do you believe in destiny? Fate? Why or why not? 1/2 page

Write a letter to Chris or Alex. What questions do you have for him? What is left unanswered? 1/2

1. Who told Carine about her brother?
2. After Chris's death where did Carine stop on her way to her parents? What did she not get while she was there?
3. What was the name of the mountain that Jon Krakauer was determined to climb?
4. What happened to Jon's tent at the end of his journey? What was he doing right before it happened?
5. What did Jon's father expect him to do with his life?
Read Chapters 16-18
Devil's Thumb
Found Poetry
Found poetry will be done individually
Each group will be given a chapter.
Re-read your chapter.
As you read, annotate the text and use a highlighter to identify words, phrases, or whole sentences that you find particularly moving, poetic, or significant to the author’s purpose.
You will only need one sheet of paper. On one side, write the lines from the text that you may use in your poem; include the page number. On the other side you will write your poem.
Arrange the material that you extracted from the text in a new way to create a Found Poem.

1. According to Stuckey what was the one thing Alex had wanted to do "since he was little"?
2. How did McCandless preserve the moose meat? Who had advised him to do it this way?
3. Who is Andy Horowitz? What did he say, jokigly, about Chris?
4. What stood in the way of Chris returning to the improved road?
5. What did Chris assume was the POT SEED? What did Jon discover when he sent samples of the seed to a lab?

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