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Week 5

Monday 1st February to Friday 5th February

Call of the Wild

      by Jack London


Friday 5th February

Chapter 7 - Buck Hears the Call

This is the final chapter and it is read in 4 parts -- see below - so you do not have to listen to it all at once..


Vocabulary check:


Think back to the new words you have encountered in this book.


Which 3 stand out and why?


How does the vocabulary in this book compare to the vocabulary in books you are reading for pleasure at home?



Finish the story and write a review for this book, using the template below.


Chapter 7 part 1.mp3

Chapter 7 part 2.mp3

Chapter 7 part 3.mp3

Chapter 7 part 4.mp3

Thursday 4th February

Chapter 6 - For the Love of a Man


Vocabulary check:


bank (of a river)


rapids (in a river)


Think about these sayings - what do they mean?

smiling eyes

rough words - how can rough words be love words?

his heart shining out of his eyes

he shook off sleep

to steal away from someone


Wow - what a dramatic book this has been (and still is).

I was so relieved at the end of chapter 5 that Buck had a new master who had stuck up for him from the horrible men who had him before! How are you feeling with the story now? 


So, we are nearly at the end. 

In this chapter we were told that The Northland had awakened in Buck the call of the wild. We were also told:

"..inside him were the spirits of all kinds of dogs, half wolves and wild wolves, listening with him and telling him the sounds made by the wild life in the forest. These wild spirits directed his acts and even lay down to sleep with him....helping him to form his dreams. The spirits grew stronger and stronger in him, so that each day the world of man moved further from him. Deep in the forest a call was sounding."

(I have put speech marks round this as it is a direct quote from the book).


Task: To predict


Given what we were told in this chapter (in the passage written above) and the title of the book, what do you think will happen in the final chapter? Think about what has happened before and what is happening now in order to write about what will happen next. 

Use evidence from the book to justify your prediction. 


If you have already watched the film, use evidence from this chapter to predict a possible alternative ending.




Tuesday 2nd February

TODAY you must complete the TASK before you listen to the rest of the chapter.

Summary of Chapter 5 part 2 (contd.):

Buck no longer has his heart in his work. He knows he cannot depend on his new masters, who are incompetent. The dog-team is barely travelling ten miles a day, and soon they run short of dog food. Six dogs die of starvation. As the going gets tougher, the three travellers fall to quarrelling. Mercedes insists on riding on the sled, which makes the load pulled by the weak and starving dogs even more intolerable, but the humans are insensitive to the suffering of the animals. Eventually, of the 14 dogs that set off, only 5 remain, but they struggle on despite their serious pains. The spring weather is beautiful, but no one notices it, although the ice is beginning to break up...


Vocabulary check (of the summary):


What does 'incompetent' mean? 

How are the new masters 'incompetent'?


What happens to the meaning of the word if you take the prefix 'in-' off?


Two other words have that prefix too: 

find them and decide what they mean with and without the prefix.


Can you think of 3 other words that use the prefix 'in-'?


Task: to predict 

Do you think the choice of setting - the harsh landscape, the spring weather, the ice melting - will influence how the plot develops? Explain your answer with detail.


Now, predict how the chapter will end based on your answer to the previous question.  


Finally, listen to the rest of the chapter below. 

Chapter 5 Part 2: The Journey of Death

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Monday 1st February - Chapter 5 (the first half) - The Journey of Death

Vocabulary check:

Check you understand the following:


articles (articles of clothing)

freezing politeness

defence (in defence of someone)

frozen fast (the sledge was frozen fast in the ice)


Task: to predict

What do you think Charles, Hal and Mercedes are doing in the Northland? Predict what will happen next? 

Use evidence from the story to justify your ideas.