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Activity Overview


The main character in the story, Sam, is only a young teenager when he decides to live on his own in the woods, owned by his family from long ago. When Sam leaves New York, all he brings with him is a penknife, $40.00, a ball of cord, and an ax. With these things, access to a library, and the help of a few others, Sam is able to survive in the wilderness indefinitely. For this assignment, students will make a “Wilderness Survival Brochure”, as written by Sam Gribley. Each page will include details about 4 things that Sam did in order to survive in the woods.


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Objective: Create a wilderness survival brochure for the book My Side of the Mountain.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create a title and a cover page for your brochure.
  3. In the description boxes, describe 4 ways that Sam survived in the wilderness, using evidence from the text.
  4. Create a scene that matches each description.
  5. Be sure to write as if you are speaking in Sam’s voice, giving directions to someone else.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/1] Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

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