KING OF MAZY MAY
READING- USE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE TO DRAW
CONCLUSIONS
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Prior Knowledge A young person who can do
these things is reliable,
trustworthy, and idedpendent
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Conclusion
Walt is very independent
USE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE TO MAKE
CONCLUSIONS
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Prior Knowledge- In the far north, winter has
long days and short nights,.
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Conclusion-
The story takes place in
winter.
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE AND CONCLUSIONS
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Prior Knowledge- Desperate people might try
to commit murder.
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Conclusion-
The stampeders are desperate to jump the claim.
PART B
Walt
is deserving of his title
“King of Mazy May.” Walt’s
actions to save Loren’s claim
were brave and heroic. The
title of king is bestowed on a
worthy leader.
LITERARY ANALYSIS: SETTING

Mining camp at the Mazy May creek in the
Klondike, Yukon Territory, Canada. The author
states this in the text.

Winter in a past time, the time of the gold rush
in Canada. 1897 Details state that the
prospectors are looking for gold. The author
tells us that the days are short and the nights
are long.
LITERARY ANALYSIS: SETTING
 From
Mazy May Creek to the town of
Dawson.
The author describes the route Walt
takes.
 During
a day and a night. Details in the
story tell about the cold and the dark.
LITERARY ANALYSIS: SETTING
 The
setting is important to the story
because it is necessary that it take place
during the historical period of the gold
rush in the far north Klondike region,
sometime in 1896 or 1897. The conflict
of stopping the claim jumpers would not
happen at any other time or place.
KNOW FOR THE QUIZ
Walt lives in an area where there are no trains
or elevators.
 The story is set in the Yukon in 1896-1897
 The story is about miners in a gold rush.
 The claim jumpers are stealing what others
have worked hard to develop.
 Walt is self-reliant, but not hot-tempered.
 Gold is found at Mazy May creek; Walt follows
the creek to Dawson.

KNOW FOR THE QUIZ
The story is set in winter.
 Walt’s father leaves him alone because he is
confident Walt will take care of things.
 The claim jumpers are chasing Walt because
they want to get to Dawson first to record the
claim.
 They shoot at him because they can’t stop him
any other way.
 You can conclude the cold is dangerous,
because Walt has to run along the sled from
time to time.
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KNOW THIS VOCABULARY
Declined
 Lovable
 Identifiable- antonym anonymous
 Endured
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