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A. I liked making the blackout poems. It was interesting taking a bunch of words from the article and turning them into our own sentences. We had to be pretty creative.
B. I’m not exactly sure. I already had opinions about the articles but the poems didn’t have the right words for me to express them.
C. I thought about how language and story can be a source of joy and creativity. Making these poems gives us a chance to turn an ordinary article into our own poem. I also had a lot of fun making them.
D. I think forming opinions was hard. I didn’t really do that in mine, because like I said before it was hard to find the right words. I also didn’t want to make my poem sound like a speech.
His home town was in Tennessee.
The gold rush.
His last request was for Cap to cremate his body.
He started to feel very tired of carrying the body.
His dogs were spent, so they were tired as well. This means that they couldn’t pull the sled anymore.
He wasn’t able to, because there was no fuel to use to start the fire.
He cremated Sam on Lake Labarge in the ship Alice May.
He saw Sam Mcgee smiling and he said “please close that door…”
The Cremation of Sam McGee
Critical Thinking Questions
Complete these questions on your own and in full sentences.
I think the message of the poem is that you should always honor and respect your friends, even in death. In the poem, Cap still kept his promise to Sam even though he was starving and freezing. “The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in.” He persevered even though he felt like giving up. “Well, he seemed so low that I couldn’t say no.”
I think it means that even though Cap wanted to keep his promise to Sam, sometimes he wished he could just leave his body instead of carrying it. It added a lot of extra weight to the sleigh which made it harder to move. It probably took longer too.
I think Cap didn’t go back on his promise because he wanted to honor Sam McGee. Sam was his friend, and if he was alive, he would’ve wanted Cap to keep his promise.
I think maybe he was hallucinating because it’s impossible for someone to come back to life. I think it was a metaphor that Sam’s spirit was finally at rest and warm after being cold for so long.