The novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a story of 13-year-old boy named Brian who finds himself stranded in the Canadian woods after his plane crashes. Facing a scarcity of food and shelter, Brian struggles to survive and learns to sustain himself through an appreciation for nature. The following Writing Modules, Writing Lessons, and Reading Practice work well as supplementary texts because they explore the theme of man versus nature.
- How Can We Help Endangered Animals? (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Earth Talk: Are Organic Foods Healthier Than Conventional Foods? (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.4)
- Geo-Medicine (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.6)
- Homeostasis (Grades 6-8; CCSS.RST.6-8.4; CCSS.WHST.6-8.1)
- Poetry: Seashell (Grade 5; CCSS.RL.5.2; CCSS.W.5.2)
- Poetry: When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (Grade 6; CCSS.RL.6.2; CCSS.W.6.2)
- Poetry: The Coming of Fox (Grade 7; CCSS.RL.7.2; CCSS.W.7.2)
Writing Modules for Grades 4-12
- Nature: How do poets see themselves and their humanity reflected in the natural world?
- Human and Animal Interactions: What positive and negative effects do human activities have on endangered animals?
- The Food Chain: How do human interactions interrupt the food chain?