Teacher Guide

Into Thin Air Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will explore and discuss how the introduction of capitalism has helped (and hurt) the communities that live in Everest's shadow.

  2. 2

    Students will explore the theme of man's hubris, and how it played a part in the Everest disaster.

  3. 3

    Students will discuss how Krakauer's work remains relevant today.

  4. 4

    Students will learn about the fundamentals of mountain-climbing, as well as its history.

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