Hatchet Unit - This comprehensive novel unit for Hatchet, written by Gary Paulsen, has problem-based learning, a collaborative theme activity, questions for constructed response, questions for literature groups, quick quizzes, and vocabulary - everything you need!
(W.4.9, W.5.9, W.6.9, and W.7.9) - Can your students find Brian using information from the book? This problem-based learning activity puts students in the driver’s seat. They are asked to find evidence, determine what resources are necessary to translate that evidence to action, and analyze and synthesize information found in multiple resources to solve a problem. These materials involve critical thinking and use of higher order thinking skills.
• instructions for three variations on the problem-based learning activity
• prompt and modeling mini posters
• student sheets
• link to website
with helpful links for student research
Hatchet Summarizing and Theme
(RL.4.2, RL.5.2, RL.6.2, RL.7.2) – In small groups, students summarize chapters and share. They then analyze challenges Brian faces in the plot and subplot to determine a theme.
• teacher directions
• summary sheet
• theme question sheet
• theme open-ended response sheet
Hatchet Questions for Constructing Responses
(RL.4.1, RL.5.1, RL.6.1, RL.7.1) - Polish your students' skills in constructing responses as they read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. This set of activities teaches students to answer explaining and inferring questions and support with evidence from the text by citing and quoting. Supporting materials include:
• lesson plans
• 23-slide PowerPoint presentation that explores strategies for constructing thorough responses to explaining and inferring questions
• tips for answering questions successfully, including examples
• 10 sheets for constructing responses (one for every two chapters)
• quick grading sheet
• comprehensive rubric
• sample answers for every question
Hatchet Questions for Literature Groups
- Build excitement about reading. Make it social! Two pages of questions stimulate discussion for literature groups.
Hatchet Quick Quizzes
- Sometimes you just need to know who’s reading and who’s not. Quick quizzes may be used in place of constructing responses (because constructing – and grading - responses every day may be too much), before literature groups meet, or as a stand-alone. Materials include:
• ten pages, each with one question repeated three times - just copy and cut in strips
• answer key
(L.4.4, L.5.4, L.6.4 L.7.4, RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4) - Sharpen students' vocabulary skills as they use context clues and reference materials to find specific definitions and synonyms for words from the novel.
• lesson plans
• guided practice
• nine student worksheets
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This unit is recommended for high (gifted and talented or GATE) fourth graders and all fifth, sixth, and seventh graders.
Common Core State Standards for Fourth Grade: CCSS RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.4, L.4.4, W.4.9
Common Core State Standards for Fifth Grade: CCSS RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.4, L.5.4, W.5.9
Common Core State Standards for Sixth Grade: CCSS RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, L.6.4, W.6.9
Common Core State Standards for Seventh Grade: CCSS RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, L.7.4, W.7.9
This unit was updated and improved in October of 2016.