This is a 24 page packet of materials to use with students in grades 4-8 who are reading Brian's Winter, by Gary Paulsen. Included is a 17 page student booklet plus a bookmark for keeping track of vocabulary words as students read. An answer key is included for the teacher as well. There are six reading assignments in the student booklet with questions and tasks to go with each one. Booklets are designed to be used independently so that students may be working while the teacher is meeting with other groups.
In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given a 40 minute period three days a week to complete one week's assignment. They would then meet with me, or a parent, along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club" meeting) to discuss the book and review their assignments. Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for my situation may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out as separate assignments. You might like to have students complete more than one assignment a week.
The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers need to understand and maintain. They include comprehension, visualization, point-of-view, summarizing, connecting to the text, and point-of-view. The packet gives students needed practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
Brian's Winter in a nutshell:
This book works best with students who are already familiar with Paulsen's Newbery Honor book, Hatchet. It is basically an alternative ending to Hatchet...assuming that the emergency transmitter rescued from the crashed plane did not work and that Brian was not rescued. It is the story of Brian's continuing struggle to survive in the wilderness as Fall and then Winter descend. It provides the excitement and struggle that was found in Hatchet...and more!
Appropriate for students in grades 4-8. Reading level approximately 6th grade.
Created by Jean Martin.
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