Informational texts to accompany Gary Paulsen's Hatchet
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 CERCA Sets, Applied Lessons, and QuickCERCAs work well as supplementary texts because they explore the theme of man versus nature. These Applied Lessons require my students to use higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving strategies in order to complete the given writing assignments.
Free Close Reading Lessons
- 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)
Applied Argumentative Writing Lessons
- 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)
Differentiated Lesson Sets 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?