• Later in trimester 1, we will read the novel Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen.


    Students will be able to…

    • Students will be able to analyze character traits.
    • Students will be able to compare and contrast (For example: Brian’s attitude before and after the crash).
    • Students will be able to identify the qualities that help people in challenging situations.
    • Students will be able to respond to oral and written prompts.
    • Students will be able to create a story map.
    • Identify how characters change over time
    • Discuss the effect of the events from the story on the main character
    • Summarize, predict, connect, interpret, and make inferences
    • Identify plot, characterization, setting, and theme
    • Identify, understand, and use figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, imagery, foreshadowing, flashback, and hyperbole)
    • Students will be able to infer a character's feelings and fears through his/her actions.
  •  Hatchet  

  • From amazon.com:

    Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

    At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire—and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.

  • Use the following links to listen to chapters in Hatchet. This may be helpful for homework assignments!