Call of the Wild Literature Unit Study & Lapbook

Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on The Call of the Wild. Hope you enjoy!


Story Summary:

The Call of the Wild tells the tale of an extraordinary Yukon sled dog. Buck was always a peaceful animal, but one day he is kidnapped and made to work as a sled dog. Can Buck find a way to trust men again? Or will he eventually succumb to his instincts that the wild has awaken in him?

This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Call of the Wild Classic Starts version as retold from the Jack London original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose.

Watch The Call of the Wild Lapbook Video to see more information:


What ages are these units for?

I normally recommend my literature units for elementary level readers grades 1-5. You can assign them out individually to your student so they read on their own, then complete the mini-book assignment for each chapter. There are writing assignments for each chapter as your students answer comprehension questions from the reading. So you’ll just want to make sure they’re comfortable writing.

Or you can read it together as a group if you have younger readers, then have them complete the mini-book assignments when you’re done with each chapter.


How long does the literature unit take?

That really depends on your child’s reading speed, and how many chapters there are in the book! And how fast your child reads through the chapters as well.

Each one varies in length, and you can easily modify these units to fit your schedule. So for example, you can assign one chapter per day plus the associated mini-book assignments, or you can have them do 2-3/week. It’s totally up to you, your schedule, and your student.


What’s included in the Unit Study?

Each unit includes everything you need to complete the literature unit and lapbook with the exception of the book itself and a couple of regular file folders.

The download includes a teacher’s manual with the daily reading assignments, along with the comprehension questions and answers for each chapter. This makes it much easier for you to help your students even if you haven’t read the book yourself!

There is also one mini-book for each chapter in the book. Inside your student will answer a comprehension question that relates directly to the chapter they’ve just read. Some assignments include vocabulary words, comprehension questions, and completing the various reports included in the curriculum.




For older students:

This unit includes 5 reports that your students can complete. If you have older readers, have them do these reports to make the unit a bit more challenging. If you have younger readers, you might prefer to ask the questions verbally so they aren’t having to write a report.


The reports include:

  • Story Facts (Setting, Main Plot, Main Characters)
  • Protagonist vs. Antagonist
  • Prediction Sheet
  • My Book Report
  • Book vs. Movie
  • Storyboard timeline


As you read through the book, each chapter has a mini-book with comprehension questions for your student to complete.



This unit has 13 mini-books plus a vocabulary mini-book full of terms to learn throughout the story.



Then on the backside of the lapbook, I added a pocket to the backside where you can store the reports and story timeline.



Get your copy today and start learning with classic literature! 




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  • Heather May 19, 2014 at 6:50 am

    We are using all of your literature units in our homeschool and they are wonderful. I do use the Classic Starts for my younger child (going into 3rd grade) and the original texts for my older child. These are so nicely put together!!! It is wonderful for both kids to be able to discuss a book they are both enjoying.
    Thanks so much.

  • Krista May 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Wanted to let you know how much we love these units I posted about your The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe on my blog and made a linkback here is the post.
    Thanks so much for awesome reading helps for our children, we have not been through them all but almost!

  • Tiffiny Felix May 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I’m so excited to start using your literature units! Do you have any suggestions for modifying them for a 6th grader? Thanks!

    • erica May 20, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Hi Tiffiny,
      You probably don’t need to modify them too much. There are also several reports included in the units that will be great for your 6th grader.

      • Tiffiny Felix May 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

        That’s awesome! I’m so excited for the adventure we’re starting–I’ll have 1 in 2nd grade and 1 in 6th grade. Thanks for all of the work you’ve put into your units and kits 🙂

  • Courtney May 20, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I love your literature studies and was wondering if/when you are anticipating putting together another pack like you did previously? I am trying to hold out to purchase until then, but I will definitely purchase it when you do.

    • erica May 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Hi Courtney,
      I’ll be releasing the combo packet shortly! I still have a couple to finish up.


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