First, read "Death of an Innocent." As you are reading, take notes on any new information that you are gathering about the main character. This essay was the basis for the novel and will prove useful in the discussion.
Next, watch the videos of those close to Chris who returned to the Bus last March. Jot down a few key points from each that show their relationship to Chris.
Then, read about the Dangerous Plants and the argument that surrounded the death of Chris. We will be calling upon this article when we finish the novel for next week. Make sure that you understand their argument so that you may reference it in class.
You will also read the blog and the official page of McCandless to complete the picture of this character. These sites will help you answer the prompt below.
Remember to keep all of your notes together and organized. These will prove useful during our seminar next week. Before the seminar, you will have written a two to three paragraph response to the prompt: "From what you have read and seen, who is Chris McCandless to his family and friends? How does the popular opinion (plant fables & blog) shape the understanding of "Alex"? What connections have you made to this character?"