Survival Stories

Lesson 4 - Discussion & Writing

Essential Task

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Write a summary of the excerpt from Julie of the Wolves that includes the theme of the excerpt.

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

“Amaroq, the Wolf” is told from a narrator’s point of view. Choose two ways the narrator’s point of view influences the story. 


By describing the challenges of life in the tundra, the narrator highlights how difficult it would be for Miyax to survive without the help of the wolves. 


By focusing primarily on the wolves and their way of life, a reader is able to gain a deeper understanding of how Miyax will use the wolves for survival. 


By not including dialogue in pp. 5–11, the narrator makes it hard for a reader to understand Miyax’s thoughts and motivations. 


By describing how the wolves accept Miyax into the tribe, the narrator highlights how Miyax was able to solve her problem.

Discussion & Writing Prompt

Summarize the excerpt. In your summary, be sure to describe how the characters in the story respond to the main challenges. Also, be sure to determine a main theme of the excerpt. 

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Key Questions


  • Did Miyax use more physical or mental strength to survive? Defend. 

  • What key character traits enabled Miyax to survive in the tundra? 

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.5.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

  • 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.

  • W.5.1 — Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information

  • W.5.9 — Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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