Hatchet (Gary Paulsen)
Publisher: Classroom Complete Press
A thrilling adventure of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness to learn the basic needs for survival. Help students think deeper about the novel and offer a great jumping off point for class discussion. Demonstrate prior knowledge of the story's setting, including animals and terrain Brian may come across. Answer true or false questions about the turtle and its eggs that Brian encountered. Describe Brian's appearance as he saw himself in the lake. Finish sentences with vocabulary words from the story. Students imaging being Brian and come up with their own survival plan. Complete a chart detailing the events Brian survives, what his reactions were, and what he learned from them. Aligned to your State Standards, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included.
About the Novel:
Hatchet is a Newbery Honor winning story about a boy surviving a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. Miles off course, Brian must wait out the search for him while surviving in the harsh environment. With nothing but a hatchet his mother gave him, Brian soon discovers his greatest tool for survival is himself. A bear, porcupine, moose and even tornado threaten to hinder Brian’s attempt at survival; however, he manages to make a shelter for himself, weapons, and finally a fire. With these tools, Brian must hunt and gather food and water in order to stay alive while he waits for a rescue plane to find him.