Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Reading Guide

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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen printable reading guide. I use this with my classes by printing out the entire packet and making each student their own packet. I give them directions on how/when to complete specific sections. We always do the first 1 or 2 chapters together as a class. We will complete the character guide, chapter summaries, and vocabulary section. The expectation is that they will keep up on this on their own as we read, I will do random checks or have students share together with their partners. We will also use this to guide discussions.

After students have read the novel, I have them complete the textual evidence activity, doodle notes, and end of reading extension activity.

The I have, Who has we will do as a whole class a few times to prepare for any type of quiz or end of reading writing assignment that I assign to the class.

This Product Includes:

  • Cover Page
  • Character List: Students write important details and information about characters and take notes on how they change/grow in the story. I have included an extra page for any additional character notes.
  • Chapter Summaries: Students are responsible for summarizing each chapter with about 3 sentences. Before we read, I spend a lot of time teaching how to write summaries. This gives them an opportunity to practice those skills and it also ends up being a great study guide/resource for whatever the end of reading project or writing prompt is.
  • Vocabulary List: Each chapter has about 3 vocabulary words (except chapter 1- there are 5 words) that I have already chosen. Students will fill out the chart for each word. Students should use context clues to try to figure out what they think it means, then they look it up with a dictionary (online or physical), they draw a picture for the word, and finally write synonyms.
  • My New Vocabulary List: This chart is the same as the one above, except I do not provide the words. This gives students the opportunity to independently choose words they are unfamiliar with and follow the same guidelines to learn more about that word.
  • Citing Textual Evidence: I have created a "how to" cite textual evidence with a color-coded example of how to use the RACES strategy. I included what the RACES strategy is, an example paragraph, and also sentence starters for citing and explaining evidence.
  • Citing Textual Evidence Questions: I have included 6 open ended questions that the students will answer and use textual evidence to support their opinion.
  • Doodle Notes: This is a fun and creative way for students to think and reflect on the novel. It has them review the book and explain their review, choose a symbol to represent the book and explain why they chose it, describe the main character, share their connections with the text (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world), write about new vocabulary they learned, write what they think the theme of the novel is, and create their own survival pack and explain their reasoning behind what they chose. These are available for purchase separately as well: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hatchet-by-Gary-Paulsen-Doodle-Notes-Book-Review-Activity-5007646
  • Doodle Note Directions: This gives the directions/guidance of how to complete the doodle notes.
  • End of Reading Extension: I like to show my students the movie A Cry in the Wild after we read Hatchet. I have provided a Venn-Diagram with guidelines for what the students should pay attention to and then compare/contrast the book and movie.
  • I have, Who has Game: This includes 27 I have, Who has question cards. I use this whole class to review/prepare for any end of reading test or writing assignment that I use. It helps the students recap certain events that happened over the course of the reading. I will usually time the class and have a competition to see how fast we can do it. The students love working together and it is always fun to see how they work together and help each other. This is available for purchase separately: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hatchet-by-Gary-Paulsen-I-have-Who-has-Game-5014335

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, concerns. I would love to see it used in action, too! Please tag me on Instagram @ Ms.Calderones_Corner

Thank you!

Total Pages
37 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.


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