A Geographical Tour of Literary America

The Grand Tour of Literary Landmarks resulted from my students' success with another project that we called "Poetic License with THE AMAZING RACE." This new journey also begins and ends in my students' hometown. Chosen writers are specific to our curriculum and texts; however, teachers can adapt new selections to their students' needs. Side images are their original work. Photo images at each destination go directly to official sites or to the slideshows of my own travel photos. The main sources of written material here are www.Poets.org and Adventures in American Literature, Heritage Edition and Pegasus Edition.

San Francisco, California

On the literary map, travel from Carmel to San Francisco, California.


# _____________ Miles to San Francisco, California.

$ _____________ Cost for Gasoline to San Francisco, California

Visit Mrs. Steller's Jack London Gallery.
Read about the life of Jack London.

Read "To Build a Fire" and answer the questions.

Where in the story does the man first become aware of the danger of the cold?

How des this awareness affect his later actions?

If he had realized the danger earlier and more fully, what might he have done differently?

In introducing the man, London describes him as being "quick and alert," but "without imagination" How does this lack of imagination mislead him?

The dog's equivalent of human imagination is evidently its instinct. How does the dog's instinct enable it to escape the man's fate?

What does the story suggest about the kind of individual who is most likely to survive challenges and trials?

What does London feel is more important - physical strength or an awareness of the possible consequences of one's action? Explain.

What does the story suggest about humanity's place in nature?

What purpose do you think the author might have had in not giving his character a name?