Day 2

Into the Wild Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Unpacking for the Wild

    Kind of Activity:

    Group Discussion


    Students discuss what they would need to leave behind before journeying into the wild

    Common Core Standards:



    Ask students, as a class, to list everything McCandless got rid of before he was ready to go into the bush. There are the tangible things -- his watch, his comb, 85 cents he gave to Gallien, his abandoned Datsun, the money that he burned -- and also the less tangible: his contact with his family, his contact with his new-found friends on the road, his relationships. Discuss why he got rid of what he did, and what (if anything) he gained by doing so.


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