The short story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London is about how the main character’s lack of imagination leads to a tragic failure in the Yukon wilderness in the middle of a brutal winter. After a reading of the story, I can use the conversation with Henry Ford about failure so students can suggest what the character could have done differently to avoid his failure and why it’s so important not to give up if one fails.
Level: Elementary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: American literature
Author: Jennifer Robertson