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The class listens to a descriptive passage from Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet. The passage evokes mental images which pupils are instructed to illustrate. In small groups, they share their pictures. They discuss which words and details sparked the most powerful mental images. Now they are ready to create or revise their own written work including colorful, expressive language.
Fourth graders discuss the story "Hatchet" after the story is read. In this literacy lesson, 4th graders explore various habitats researching the characteristics about each, complete a Venn Diagram comparing their habitat with the Canadian Wilderness that Brain, the main character, was stranded in, and draw a picture of their favorite scene from the book.
What is true courage? Your class can explore the answer with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Hatchet," "Passage to Freedom," "Climb or Die," and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"), which feature courageous characters and acts of bravery. The activities include a list of vocabulary words and sentence frames that incorporate adjectives, conjunctions, and auxiliary verbs. The activities become more challenging in each differentiated level.
Students read and analyze the wilderness survival novel Hachet by Gary Paulson. In this story analysis instructional activity, students investigate survival elements in Hatchet and relate them to real life experiences. Students discover how the dramatic parts in the story affect the reader and record their reactions to independent reading in a journal.
Students explore visualization. In this pre-reading comprehension lesson, students work in cooperative groups to brainstorm and answer questions about how they would survive if stranded on an island. Students make connections to the feelings experienced by the main character in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen during a whole group pre-reading activity.
Fourth graders read the novel Hatchet. In this novel lesson, 4th graders begin reading Hatchet. Students break into groups, view the cover of the book and predict what the plot will be. Students write their list on paper. Students read the first 2 chapters of the book and have a class discussion.
See how much your class knows about chapters 1 and 2 of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet with this online interactive quiz. This quiz asks surface-level comprehension questions about the first 2 chapters of the book and could be used as a check for understanding that provides immediate online feedback. Make sure you check over the content carefully; anyone can create a Fun Trivia Quiz.
Quizzes pupils' basic knowledge of Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet. Questions test the readers recall and comprehension skills but do not require any higher-level thinking tasks. So, content should be reviewed before this resource is used. The online and interactive nature of these quizzes means that immediate feedback and scores are available for both teacher and test taker.