Adapting to Survive: Short Stories and Poems

Lesson 4


Unit 4

5th Grade

Lesson 4 of 18


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

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (pp. 5-25)  pp. 5 – 25

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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. 

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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. 

Sample Response

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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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