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Biography and literary works of Jack London

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Objectives: given the information about Jack London in the form of old newspapers pupils would be able to improve their reading skills of literature vocabulary; after reading the information about Jack London...

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2014-04-14

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  Plan of the lesson

Form (Grade) – 11A

Subject: Biography and literary works of Jack London 

 Objectives:

  1.  given the information about Jack London in the form of old newspapers pupils would be able to improve their reading skills of literature vocabulary;
  2.  after reading the information about Jack London pupils will be able to discuss Jack London’s private life, adventures and journeys, literary career and his death;
  3.  after discussing the information about Jack London pupils will be able to generalize Jack London’s life events and the information about his literary works.
  4.  given the opportunity to watch video pupils will be able to recognize the sentences they were given before with the video
  5.  after watching the video about Jack London pupils will be able to differentiate the true and false information about the writer measured by the sentences they were given;
  6.  after receiving the whole information about Jack London pupils will be able to deduce the life and literary career of the writer, speaking 30 sentences at least.
  7.  to promote pupils interest in American literature;

TIME

THE PROCEDURE OF THE LESSON

NOTES/

MATERIALS

5 min.

  1.  The beginning of the lesson:

  1.  Greetings;

T. Good morning, pupils. Hope you are fine today and ready for work. The theme of our lesson is the Biography and literary works of Jack London.

And our task is to work together prolifically and successfully to learn as much information concerning Jack London as we can. And I would be very happy if by the end of your lesson you can remember:

  •  The information about Jack London’s private life, adventures and journeys and literary career.

  1.  Warm-up (Speaking);

T. Jack London is one of my favourite writers, and I hope, I can share my affection for his works with you and that you’ll like him too.

So, you can see one of his quotes which is a reality nowadays for many people especially in Ukraine.

“White Fang knew  the  law well: to oppress the weak and obey the strong.”

  •  Is it your style of behaving? Is it right to oppress the weak people and obey the strong? Have you ever had such a situation in your school, when you had to obey the authorities but you didn’t want to do it?
  •  P.:..
  1.  Checking up home task (Speaking).

T. What literary trend is Jack London the representative of? Who can tell me?

P.:

T.: What else do you know about the Realism in American literature?

Can you name the other representatives?

When did the Realism appear as literary trend in America?

What are the main features of Realism in American literature?

P.:

individual        work

4 min.

  1.  Presentation (reading silently, while-reading activity – writing out).  

Around the room – you can see many extracts from old newspapers of Jack London’s time, there are also many photos of Jack London and his family. All this material is full of information about the life and adventures of Jack London. I tried to create a museum-library atmosphere in our lesson. And now I would ask you to work like scientists from Ukraine who were studying the biography of Jack London in different libraries of the USA. There are three points on which you have to speak later, so two persons from each group have to speak on one point.

Before you start your researches I have to divide you in two teams- two scientific groups.

Your task is the following: each member of your group has to read one newspaper and gather as much information from his newspaper about Jack London as possible. You can write out some useful information and use it in your presentation later.

I suggest you to listen to one Hawaiian song ‘Aloha `Oe’ as background, while you’re researching. Jack London wrote his short story with the same name ‘Aloha `Oe’, after visiting Hawaii.

At the end of the song you have to finish your researches.

individual work

    - Extracts from newspapers hung on the walls

4 min.

  1.  Practicing:(post-reading activity – Discussion).

T. Your task now is to share with your group the information you’ve read. You are to discuss it between the members of your group. During your discussion you have to divide the whole information you read into the following points:

1) Short presentation of your group.

Jack London’s private life (birth, parents, wives, children)hobbies, adventures, journeys;

2) Literary career, works.

3) Jack London’s death (where, when, causes, burial, grave).

Choose between yourselves who will speak later on these points. Two persons from each group have to speak on one point. So, three points and six persons from each group will give us the complete presentation of Jack London’s life and career.

I suggest you again to listen to one Hawaiian song ‘Aloha `Oe’ as background, while you’re discussing. At the end of the song you have to finish your discussions.

So, start your discussion, please.

group work

6 min.

  1.  Practicing:(Post-Reading activity – Speaking)

T. When you come back you are going to present the result of your researches at “Jack London’s seminar” which will be held in School #5. We have our jury, they will vote anonymously for the best scientific group and I’ll give my vote too. Let’s start then. Time available for the presentation of each point is 1 minute. Don’t forget to use the photos of Jack London and his relatives, and photos of front pages of Jack London’s books.

Let’s revise The program of the seminar:

1) Short presentation of your group.

Jack London’s private life (birth, parents, wives, children)hobbies, adventures, journeys;

2) Literary career, works.

3) Jack London’s death (where, when, causes, burial).

P.:.

pair work

-Cards for teacher’s voting

- Extracts from newspapers hung on the walls

- Jack London’s photos, photos of

Jack London’s books

3 min.

  1.  Text arranging.                                                                                                         

T. I am going to hand you out the cards with the sentences which are mixed. You are to work in pairs, and your task is to arrange these sentences in right order to build the text. You have 3 minutes.

Script

Well, Jack London wrote a lot of books, he wrote about fifty books in sixteen years. But he’s been remembered largely as the author of dog stories, and he did write some good dog stories, he wrote The Call of the Wild, about Buck.

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And then he wrote another one called White Fang and their companion pieces. But he wrote a lot about politics.

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He wrote about war, revolution. He wrote a book called the Iron Heel – it was published in 1908 – that was about coming of a dictatorship in the United States. It’s about the Civil War, that  takes place, and it’s a futuristic novel.

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And he published a collection of essays called War of the Classes about how there are social economic classes in the United States. And he wrote a collection of essays called Revolution.

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So, for twenty years he was a member of the Socialist party of the United States and spoke on behalf and wrote on behalf of the socialist party. Most of that part of Jack London which is a central part of who he was and what he did has been ignored, neglected, omitted from literature and the historical records.

So, I wanted to salvage it, resurrect it and bring it to people’s attention.

So, that’s why I did The Radical Jack London which is a collection of little known of his writings with a long essay by me about him: and where he came from, and how he became political and the evolution and development of his politics.

So, I think Jack London is a very fascinating guy because he was complex; he did a lot of things. And he is a pivotal American writer. He started to write at the end of the 19th century and he read all the books that we now recognized as classics and the books by Herman Melville, and James Fennimore Cooper, and Mark Twain, and Edgar Allan Poe.

And he loved all of them and he wanted to continue the things that they were doing: sea stories, and ghost stories, and Huckleberry Finn like works.

And he did: some of his early works were imitation of those writers. So, he kind of put a cap stone to so much of American culture of the 19th century but then he also initiated a lot of what would happen in the twentieth century.

He wrote The Iron Heel, which I mentioned. He also was a surfer, and he was a boxer. He wrote about bullfighting and all those kinds of things Hemingway would later do.

He wrote a book called The Road about his experiences as a hobo travelling around the United States that inspired Jack Kerouac to write his book On the Road about his experiences. So, he is the father of the ‘Beats’. (the Beat Generation)

In the 60s, there was a student radical organization called Students for Democratic Society SDS and Jack London and Upton Sinclair created the grandfather organization of SDS it was called The Intercollegiate Socialist Society in 1906. 

And Jack went around talking on college campuses to students and urging them to read socialist books, to become politically active.

So, I would say in the 60s, we’d say, he has to be relevant.

And I think that Jack London is still relevant today and worth reading. Right now I’m rereading one of his novels that’s called The Valley of the Moon.

It’s a great love story and it’s a love story that’s set against the backdrop of strikes and clashes between the workers and the militia that’s called in.

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And it’s really, really well done. It’s an excellent book. If people want to read one Jack London book this year I would say read the Valley of the Moon, it’s so alive.

pair  work

  •  cards with separate sentences from the text which are in random order

 

5 min.

  1.  Video watching/Self-checking the previous task.

T. Now, let’s check whether you were right. This was the script from the following video. So, watch the video attentively. It is an Interview with Jonah Raskin, Professor at Sonoma State University, about his book "The Radical Jack London". He will speak about some of Jack London’s literary works.

 whole-class activity

3 min.

  1.  Correcting the mistakes in the sentences. (Reading).

T. You are to correct the mistakes in the following sentences, which are connected with the video you’ve just seen. Read aloud the correct version of the sentence.

1) Jack London wrote about one hundred books in sixteen years.

2) Jack London didn’t write a lot about politics.

3) ‘The Iron Heel’ is about coming of a dictatorship in the UK.

4) He published a collection of novels called ‘War of the classes’.

5) He wrote a collection of essays called ‘Orange Revolution’.

6) For forty years he was a member of the Socialist party of the United States.

7) Jack London started to write at the end of twenty first century.

8) Jack London’s late works were the imitation of Herman Melville, and James Fennimore Cooper, and Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe works.

8) He hated surfing and boxing.

9) Jack London wrote a book called ‘On the road’ about his experiences a hobo travelling around the United States.

10) Jack London and Upton Sinclair created the grandfather organization of SDS called ‘The Intercollegiate Communist Society’ in 1906.

11) Jack London is not relevant today.

12) ‘The Valley of the Moon’ is a great adventurous novel.

13) There was a student radical organization in the 30s called Students for Democratic Society.

14) Jack London wrote about bullfighting and all those kinds of things Edgar Allan Poe would later do.

 whole-class activity

  •  Cards with sentences

3 min.

 ADDITIONAL TASK – IF THERE IS SOME MORE TIME LEFT

Speaking.

T. Here you see a text related to Jack London. Now I’m going to cut it in two pieces. Try to guess what the text was about. Work in groups.

group work

  •  cards with text

3 min.

g) FOLLOW-UP: Checking comprehension of Jack London

biography and literary career (True/False Statements)

T. Decide whether the following statements about Jack London are (T) true or (F) false. Then bet a minimum of 10 points up to a maximum of 50 on your choice. If you guess correctly, you gain the amount of the bet. If you don’t guess, you gain 0 points. And then you’ll count your points and will choose the winner, who will get an excellent mark for the lesson.

individual work

WORKSHEET 1

1 min.

  1.  Marks for the lesson.

T. You’ve done a great work today. Your marks for the lesson are:..

1 min.

  1.  Home task.

T. Your hometask for the next time is: to read the information about Jack London in your books – pages 325-328. You must be ready to speak about Jack London’s biography and literary works.

home task

p. 325-328

Links to the lesson:

The photos were taken from: http://london.sonoma.edu/Images/

The newspaper extracts were taken from:

 http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

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