White Fang

White Fang (1991)


Concept featured in film:Animal Adaptations

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Summary of clip: This scene shows White Fang as a cub after he just lost his mother. He is just learning to fend for himself. He goes to a stream to try to catch a fish. The fish is caught in some rocks and is flopping around. White Fang is not sure what to do with the fish, and he lets it get away. He then sees a small rodent run across the snow. White Fang goes after the rodent, but the rodent burrows into its tunnel before White Fang is able to get it. Finally, White Fang sees a rabbit hanging from a tree. It is a trap set by humans. White Fang's leg gets caught in the trap and the humans adopt him.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip was used with a clip from Cats and Dogs depicting the wide diversity in dog breeds in an animal adaptations learning cycle. Students were asked to debate the extent to which humans accelerated the evolution and diversification of dog breeds.

Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Would White Fang have been able to survive on his own without help from humans?

b. What will the humans do to White Fang? Will they train him?

c. How will White Fang have to act around the humans?

d. How could you relate this film clip to how dogs evolved from wolves?