Hatchet

Accompany a novel study of Hatchet by Gary Paulson with a unit consisting of 16 lessons focused on physical and emotional survival. Reading the story along with a variety of informational texts, scholars compare and contrast reading passages to discover the need for, and significance of specific survival skills. To check for understanding, summative assessments are listed, including a culminating writing task, a cold-read task, and an extension task.   

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign discussion questions on a class blog 
  • Listen to an audio version of the novel either in whole class, or in small group listening stations
  • Encourage learners to create their own survival story; ask them to write about a time they might use survival skills 
Classroom Considerations

  • Each pupil needs a hard or a digital copy of Hatchet by Gary Paulson 
Pros

  • The plan is organized neatly for easy implementation
  • Teacher instructions are written clearly and in detail
  • Notes are provided to support unit completion 
Cons

  • One of the seven links is broken