Hatchet, a fiction adventure book, and Guts, a non-fiction book, are both by Gary Paulsen. Hatchet tells the fictional story of a boy who crash lands a plane and how he survives in the wilderness. Guts tells Paulsen’s personal experiences that he used when writing Hatchet and other adventure stories.
Students read and compare three different sections of these books.
In Project 1, students read about Paulsen’s experiences with airplanes and with heart attacks. Students make a graphic organizer then use the information to create a project explaining how Paulsen used his own experiences in writing Hatchet. Project choices include an essay, a display, or a presentation.
In Project 2, students read about Paulsen’s experiences with moose. Students complete a provided graphic organizer showing how Paulsen tweaked his own experiences to write a believable experience for Hatchet. Students create a graphic organizer about a personal experience they have had then tweak the experience to write a fiction story.
In Project 3, students read about Paulsen’s personal experience in the wilderness and compare the experiences to Hatchet. Students research the knowledge needed to survive in the wilderness. Students present the information they learn in the form of a speech.
Included: Student directions and rubrics for the three projects. A key to the graphic organizer for project 2 is also included.
Project 1 CCSS
Project 2 CCSS
W.3, 4, 5, 6, 10
Project 3 CCSS
W.2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10