Research Scavenger Hunt: The Call of the Wild

Designed by Valarie Napawanetz, The Calverton School, Huntingtown, MD

In order to understand the deeper meaning of this work, it is necessary to explore some of the philosophical ideals that inspired the Naturalist movement in literature. For this group project, you will need to:

  • Conduct research using Questia on-line library (1 class period, and continuing at home on internet if need be).
  • Keep a record of your sources, as your group must submit a bibliography.
  • Present your findings orally to the class with a visual aid.
  • This visual aid will be a poster or transparency (for the overhead projector). Information may be in any form you like: flow chart, mind map, etc.

    Your work will be given a group grade, so encourage members to do their fair share of the work.

    A. Jack London:

  • What interesting facts can you discover about him?
  • What was he interested in doing as a writer?
  • How did his life affect his work?
  • What can you discover about Call of the Wild?

    B. Darwinism:

  • What are the basic premises of Darwin's theory concerning evolution of the species?
  • What is social Darwinism (biological determinism)?
  • What are some of the problems inherent in applying this
  • scientific theory to society and mankind?

    C. Naturalism:

  • How can this literary and artistic movement be characterized or described?
  • Show us some paintings or describe them for us.
  • What are its basic beliefs?
  • How does it differ from Realism?

    D. Realism:

  • How can this literary and artistic movement be characterized or described?
  • Show us some paintings, or describe them for us.
  • What are its basic beliefs?
  • How does it differ from Naturalism?