Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
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The official Gary Paulsen site
A message from Paulsen, biography, and an opportunity to ask Paulsen a question about one of his books.
Fiction Elements in Hatchet
Lesson includes reading a story, identifying elements of fiction, creating a project about survival, and making a PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate student comprehension. It was designed for special education students using a block schedule; it includes suggestions for adapting it to other situations.
Focusing Activity to begin novel: Hatchet by Paulsen
Students will visualize how Brian feels when he crash lands on the deserted island at the beginning of the novel, Hatchet. This whole class period will be spent using prior knowledge of survival skills.
Description as Mind Control: Using Details to Help Readers Visualize Your Story
Students listen to passages from Hatchet, draw one of the images from the passage, and identify which details Paulsen uses to create these images.
Focusing activity to begin novel: Hatchet by Paulsen
Students will visualize how Brian Robeson will feel when he crash lands on the deserted island at the beginning of the novel, Hatchet. This whole class period will be spent using prior knowledge of survival skills. Designed for 6th grade.
Informational text on airplane safety and a followup quiz to check student learning.
Survival as a Bridge to At-Risk Readers: Applications of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet to an Integrated Curriculum
This article by Cynthia G. Unwin and Brian Palmer offers chapter-by-chapter discussion questions and interdisciplinary activities.
The Ultimate Survivor
The writer will respond to the following questions: If you were stranded in a remote place, what important items would you want to have? How would you survive? What sort of plan would you come up with? The writer will then create an organized piece of writing that explains their survival plan. This lesson focuses on organization and word choice.
- Chapters 1-4, 30 words
- Chapters 5-8, 35 words
- Chapters 9-12, 35 words
- Chapters 13-16, 30 words
- Chapters 17-19, Epilogue, 25 words
Links to lesson plans and teaching resources for other books by Paulsen.