Jack London, The Klondike Gold Rush, and Sled Dogs

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Day 1

#1:  Jack London's Life

1.  San Francisco 1/12/1876

2.  Flora Wellman, William Henry Chaney, John London

3.  They were small scale tenant farmers and had to move frequently

4.  A sailing sloop used for oyster pirating.

5. Typhoon of the Coast of Japan, 1893

6.  Runs out of money.

7.  1897.

8.  Scurvy.

9.  Bessie May Maddern.  April 7, 1900. 

10.  1902

11.  1903

12.  Charmain, 11/19/1905

13.  1906

14.  Severe health condition.

15.  Dies after 38 hours.

16.  1911; Glen Ellen, California

17.  Kidneys are in bad shape.

18. Wolf House burns down.

19.  "because of its lack of fire and fight, and its loss of emphasis on the class struggle."

20.  11/22/1916.  Age 40.

21. Need image of Jack London attached with URL!

Day 2

#2: The Klondike Gold Rush

Click on the title above to go the the website to answer these questions:

1.  Skookum Jim Mason; Taglish Charlie; George Carmack.

2.  Because gold was found all over the place.

3.  7/17/1897

4.  30,000 (30%)

5.  Walked using pack animals or sleds.

6.  A year's worth of supplies.

7.  -50F; tent.

8. Chilikoot Trail or the White Pass Trail.

9.  A con man from Denver; took over the town of Skagway, Alaska.  Fleeced (stole) from Klondikers.

10 Influx of 30,000 people to gold rush.

11.  One billion dollars.

12.  Earned a fortune at the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel in Bennett, British Columbia, along the Chillikoot Trail.

13.  His own experiences in the Klondike. 

14.  Belinda Mulroney: ran hotel & sold supplies 

       Martha Black: bought a sawmill; became Canada's 2nd female

       member of parliament.

15.  They had to work for the Klondike Kings rather than themselves.

Image of either Chilikoot or White Pass Trail attached with URL!

Day 3

#3a: Sleds and Sled Dogs-Now and Then

1.  Ash, birch, hickory

2.  hickory

3.  so that you can "drive" it.

4.  dogs pulling it along from front & by the driver leaning to the side and pushing the driving bow in the direction the sled is to go.

5.  over 100 lbs.

6.  "basket sleds"

7.  Look at the illustration of the sled on the website. 

     Drawn sled - all the parts listed.

8.  What was the name of the sled company that mas-produced sleds to men and women heading to the Klondike and parts North?

9.  1 to 6

10.  Over 100 lbs.

11.  Buying them; feeding them; keeping them throughout the summer when they were not working.

12.  They pulled the sled themselves.

13.  5,000-8,000 calories

14.  photograph from the time of the Klondike Gold Rush showing miners, sled dogs, and sleds loaded for the gold fieldswith URL!


3b: Click on this link to the YouTube video showing a "Musher" with her dogs.  Then answer the following questions: 

14.  The driver of the sled.

15.  The brake on the sled, used to slow and stop the sled in snow.

16.  "gee" = right

17.  "haw" = left.

18.  "whoa" = stop.

19.  "onby" = keep going past a turn on one side or another.

20.  "onby haw" = go to the left.


#3c. Comparison

In The Call of the Wild, our protagonist, Buck, is a cross between a St. Bernard dog and a Scottish Shepherd dog.  Look at the images below of both types of dog.  What qualities would make Buck a valuable sled dog for the frozen North?  List at least 5 qualities.

(You may want to do a little more research about the dogs.)

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          [img_assist|nid=7004|title=Scottish Shepherd Dog|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=267|height=189]




1.  Thick fur

2. Large

3.  Loyal

4.  Big paws

5.  Strong

6.  Good at pulling

7. Work well in teams

8. Intelligent