Day 1

Into the Wild Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    In the Author's note, Kraukauer says that he won't claim to be an impartial biographer. Why not? For what purpose does he claim to have inserted fragments of McCandless' narrative into his own? Is impartiality possible? If so, what are its benefits? Its drawbacks?

    Krakauer says he won't be impartial because he will interrupt McCandless' story with fragments of his own story. If students have background knowledge on Krakauer, they may know he's an avid climber whose participation in a deadly climb of Mt. Everest in 1996 formed the core of his book Into Thin Air, which is many ways a companion book to this one. Krakauer says he's added his own...

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