Study Guide for Hatchet

This Study Guide for Hatchet organizer also includes:

Use this packet as a companion to your study of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The resource breaks the novel up into several chunks, and for each chunk provides activities, background information, vocabulary, graphic organizers, and response questions that cover a variety of skills. At the end of the study guide are several additional worksheets that require learners to connect other texts to their understanding of Hatchet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Pick and choose what works for your class from this packet; some pupils will respond more enthusiastically if you don't follow the formula for each chapter exactly as it is laid out here
  • Each section includes suggestions for literature groups, a great way to get kids talking about the novel and to support them in in their learning
  • Create your own activities to go with the provided vocabulary lists
Classroom Considerations
  • You may wish to add in additional scaffolding, perhaps in the form of sentence frames, to assist learners as they compose responses to the questions
  • The other texts referred to at the end are not provided, so you may wish to pick and choose those you have access to or can easily find with an Internet search (the poem, for example, can be found easily)
  • Comes with plenty of questions and additional activities to enrich your study of Hatchet
  • Provides useful and visually pleasing graphic organizers to support learners as they read
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