Survival Stories

Lesson 3


Compare and contrast Miyax’s actions with those of the wolves and analyze how Miyax was able to integrate herself into the pack.

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

How do the events on p. 19 contribute to the development of plot? 


They show what Miyax must do in order to win over Amaroq and solve the problem of wanting to become a member of the tribe. 


They highlight how Amaroq is the leader and doesn’t like the attention of others, making it nearly impossible for Miyax to become part of the tribe. 


They describe the challenges of the setting and why it is important for Miyax to get food in order to survive. 


They show how the other wolves are scared of Amaroq and how Miyax needs to act in a fearful manner in order to win over Amaroq. 

Writing Prompt

Compare and contrast Miyax’s actions with those of the wolves. In what ways was Miyax able to integrate herself into the wolf pack? Why is this important for her survival? 

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Key Questions


  • Why did Miyax think that Amaroq was the wealthy wolf? What does she consider wealth? 

  • Describe Amaroq’s relationship with the other wolves. 

  • Based on what we know about Miyax so far, would she be considered wealthy? 

  • Miyax prioritized observing the actions of the wolves. Why? What did she learn from her observations? How will her observations help her chances of survival? 

  • The author ends with the sentence, “Miyax was one of the pack.” Explain the significance of this statement. Why is it important for Miyax’s survival? 



tribute     (n.)

something said, given, or done to show respect or affection for someone

devoted     (adj.)

committed to something or someone

adoration     (n.)

strong feelings of love or admiration

elated     (adj.)

very happy and excited

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.5.3 — Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

  • RL.5.5 — Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

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