Hatchet Novel Study for Special Education with comprehension questions

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3rd - 12th, Homeschool
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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. Have you ever wanted to read a novel to your special education students but thought, there is no way they will sit and listen? Persevere, it is worth it!! This 113 page unit on the novel Hatchet is designed for students who have disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading a novel to my students, regardless of their learning level. The lesson of learning to sit while someone is talking is an invaluable skill that is worthwhile teaching.


This unit has various activities to accompany Gary Paulsen's book, Hatchet. The materials were designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through listening to this novel. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on what happens to Brian as he tries to survive in the wilderness following a plane crash. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the Hatchet activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There are one or more activities (37 different activities!!) to go with each chapter as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

****I have added comprehension questions to this novel unit. There are 5 questions for each chapter, each with 3 picture answer choices.

See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included,


Hatchet Unit Includes:

  • 182 pages of activities to accompany Hatchet (2 separate files; one in color and one in black and white)
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 37 activities (1-2 for each chapter)
  • 5 comprehension questions for each chapter

Looking for a novel unit on Brian's Winter by Gary Palusen? I have that!! Click HERE.


There are so many benefits to reading out loud to your students. You will teach them an invaluable skill of learning to sit still while someone else is talking. Your parents will also LOVE you for not only teaching them this skill of sitting but also for exposing them to age-appropriate material. Plus, you never know which students you will touch with each story you read.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. Remember, you will gain credit toward future purchases on tpt as you leave more and more feedback!!

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future.

★★★ If you like using novels in your classroom, check out these other novel studies:

Charlotte’s Web

Stuart Little

Because of Winn-Dixie

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Wizard of Oz

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory



The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Where the Red Fern Grows


Sarah, Plain and Tall

I also have a blog post on reading novels to a low incidence class that includes FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class

Total Pages
226 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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