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Into the Wild Chapters 1-2 . Author’s Note. Share annotations about the following with your group and add to your own as needed. McCandless’s motives Themes of the book Authorial presence The complexity of the subject matter. Epigraphs.

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author s note
Author’s Note

Share annotations about the following with your group and add to your own as needed.

  • McCandless’s motives
  • Themes of the book
  • Authorial presence
  • The complexity of the subject matter
epigraphs
Epigraphs
  • Read the first page of your group’s assigned chapter.
  • Review & share your annotations with your group, adding to your own notes as needed.
  • Make the following notes in your text margins:
    • Circle the source of the epigraph.
    • Explain why the author used this as the introduction to this chapter.
    • Explain how the epigraph enhances or enriches the ideas in the chapter.
    • Share answers with the class when called upon to do so.
structure of the text
Structure of the Text

Continue to take notes in the margin of your book & highlight &/or underline textual evidence.

  • What is the purpose of your group’s chapter? What is it’s main focus? What is described in the chapter?
  • What is the organization of your group’s chapter?
  • Beginning: How long is each introduction/exposition in the chapter? Why does the author organize the chapter this way? What does it show the reader?
  • End: What is the purpose of the last paragraph of your group’s chapter? Is the last paragraph effective? What big question is the reader left with?
  • Share answers with the class when called upon to do so.
extended analysis
Extended Analysis

Highlight lines in your text that evidence the answers to the following questions & annotate in margins as needed.

  • How do Ch. 1 & 2 represent the idea of “beginning & end”?
  • What is the mood the reader feels by having the organization of the two chapters arranged like this?
  • What is the tone the author is using as he sets up the reader to react a certain way?
  • Is he creating McCandless as a sympathetic or an unsympathetic character? How does he do this?
  • Are the actions of Chris McCandless the actions of a “normal” or a “sane” person?

and the End

The Beginning…

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Extended Analysis

Highlight lines in your text that evidence the answers to the following questions & annotate in margins as needed.

  • What kind of diction do you notice in Krakauer’s writing? Are his word choices effective? Why or why not?
  • How does the author use imagery?
  • What type of language does Krakauer use? What was he attempting to do with the language he used?What type of reactions did he want?
  • What sentence structure does the author use and to what effect?

Key Ideas & Details

Craft & Structure

extended analysis2
Extended Analysis

Highlight lines in your text that evidence the answers to the following questions & annotate in margins as needed.

  • What evidence does the author give to support his story?
  • Why was Jim Gallien, who gives McCandless a ride, initially concerned?
  • What does he do to help McCandless?
  • Why was Gallien unconcerned at the end of the chapter and why does he leave McCandless alone?
  • How do McCandless’s actions show he is not a “normal” hiker?

Knowledge

Character Development

conclusion argument
Conclusion Argument

Work alone to answer the following question in one paragraph on your own sheet of paper.

Based on your annotations and discussions, argue whether or not Krakauer’s writing style in his story is effective. Explain why or why not, making sure to take into account how else he could have written the story.