Blackout poem questions

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.

Cremation of Sam McGee


  1. Where was Sam McGee’s hometown?

His home town was in Tennessee. 


  1. Why was Sam traveling in the Arctic? 

The gold rush. 


  1. What was the last request that Sam made to Cap?  

His last request was for Cap to cremate his body. 


  1. How did Cap feel about his promise after some time had passed? 

He started to feel very tired of carrying the body. 


  1. What happened to Cap’s sled dogs? How did this make things worse for Cap?  

His dogs were spent, so they were tired as well. This means that they couldn’t pull the sled anymore. 


  1. Why was Cap unable to cremate Sam’s remains in the wilderness?  

He wasn’t able to, because there was no fuel to use to start the fire. 


  1. Where did Cap ultimately cremate Sam’s remains?  

He cremated Sam on Lake Labarge in the ship Alice May. 


  1. Hours after placing Sam’s body in the boiler, Cap looked inside. What did he see? 

He saw Sam Mcgee smiling and he said “please close that door…” 


The Cremation of Sam McGee 

Section 2 

Critical Thinking Questions 

Complete these questions on your own and in full sentences. 


  1. You know that theme is the message the author wants you, the reader, to walk away from this poem with. What is the message/theme Robert Service is trying to share with you? Be able to support your theme with evidence from the poem. 

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.” 


  1. What does this passage mean to you, “In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load!” 

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. 


  1. In your opinion, why didn’t Cap go back on his promise? Sam would have never known! 

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. 


  1. What really happened when Cap opened that boiler? Did he really see the ghost of Sam? Was he hallucinating? What do you think, and why do you think this?

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. 

One Minute One take, short story “The Veldt”

Here is my group’s short story film.

the Veldt 1 – Small-1hmn61p


A) In our video, the veldt, we used a lot of props to create physical setting. We made use of the drama props, like the door, and they helped to create a more realistic  and accurate physical setting. We also had a screen with a blue sky and clouds in the background, and we added a couple of sound effects.

B) For charactarization, we tried to make our actions as accurate to the characters in the story. We incorporated the lines, actions and personalities that the characters portrayed. For our video though, we didn’t have one specific narrator, we all did it together (I hope we don’t lose marks for that.) Our group decided this together and I think it still turned out well.

C) For the plot, I think we included all the necessary elements. We had our intro: George and Lydia talking about the nursery. The initiating incident: George and Lydia go into the nursery and get scared by the lion. The rising action: the scene doesn’t change when George goes into the nursery again. The climax: the parents are about to shut off the nursery and go on a vacation. The falling action: The parents get a psychiatrist to look at the nursery. And conclusion: The kids lock the parents in the nursery and they get eaten.

D) I think the theme for the story is that you shouldn’t spoil your children. The story shows that doing this can have consiquences for the parents and also the children. I think we demonstrated this in our video through the actions and words of the characters.


When we first got assigned this project and all the jobs were laid out, I volunteered to write the script (my groupmates also wrote a little bit too). I had a couple ideas on what to include and what the charcters were going to say. I asked my group if they wanted to do the recording narrator style or like a normal play, with everyone saying their lines. They chose to do it like a play, which was fine by me. I also acted as Lydia in the video.

One thing I think I did well was writing the characters lines and reactions in the script. I think it portrayed the message of the story pretty well, and I think overall it was a success.

One thing I could have done better though, is write the script narrator style. I know that’s probably how we were supposed to write it, but I wanted to take my group’s opinions into consideration and so we ended up doing it like a play.

I think we communicated well as a group. We each did our jobs as planned, and even though there were some setbacks (like the snow) we still worked together and got it done.

–Also, I know when the video played the sound was too quiet, I’m not sure why. When I played it using my headphones the volume was normal and I could hear what everyone was saying. I don’t want to say it was the speakers because they were also working, but maybe if you rewatched it on a laptop it would work better? I’m also not sure why the video quality was terrible, sorry about that. We used a camera from one of the drama classes (with permission.)