Advanced Novel Study for Hatchet

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This is an advanced novel study for Hatchet by Gary Paulson

Included in this resource:

— Teacher Guide with ideas for implementation

— Chapter-by-chapter Thinking Frameworks

— Original Nonfiction texts to build background knowledge

— Suggested Answer Key

— Pre- and Post-Reading Thinking Frameworks based on essential questions

— Additional research/writing prompts

— Full Socratic Seminar Guide

— Rigorous Analysis Guides for: Vocabulary, Character, Genre, Symbolism, Plot Structure, Settings, and Theme

This novel study guide is designed to use with high-level 4th and 5th grade students, and was specifically designed with gifted learners in mind. The level of depth in questioning and discussion will be at the teacher’s discretion, based on student need and readiness.

This novel study encourages readers to develop their critical thinking skills through rigorous, high level, open-ended questions that force thinking beyond surface level.

Students will develop an understanding of literary elements, themes, character and plot development, and symbolism, while analyzing deep and complex questions in regards to the genre of realistic fiction.

Students will meet objectives for deep thinking using a combination of discussion, independent and/or group reading, and answer questions based on the icons of Depth and Complexity. These questions are designed to be high-level and open-ended, so that students have to think critically to arrive at an answer. Many questions will help students form deeper understandings of global concepts.

Upon completing this novel study, students will have a greater understanding of the genre of science fiction, as well as develop their ability to analyze figurative language, and theme. It is the hope of the author that this novel is an engaging way to deepen students’ thinking about literature and global issues as well.


Check out my other advanced novel study units based on Depth and Complexity!

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Advanced Novel Study for The Phantom Tollbooth

Advanced Novel Study for The One and Only Ivan

Advanced Novel Study for The Mysterious Benedict Society

Advanced Novel Study for Rump


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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