Hatchet Resource Set

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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen’s award-winning novel, Hatchet, is the classic survival story for elementary students. It recounts the adventures of Brian, who is on his way to visit his father in a small single-engine airplane when the pilot suddenly has a heart attack and the plane crashes. The fast-paced plot and use of character development make Hatchet an ideal choice for close reading mini lessons where students learn to ask questions while reading as well as cite textual evidence to defend their conclusions.

Teach with Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Drawing Conclusions
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 RL.4.9 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • TEKS Alignment: 4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 4.6E 4.6F 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.8B 4.8C 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F
  • Vocabulary: 4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F
  • Take a Closer Look at the
    Hatchet Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for drawing conclusions, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Hatchet Book Club.

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Reading Closely

    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is an ideal novel for students to practice effective reading skills. This first Book Club meeting shows students a useful technique for asking questions as they read.

    Meeting #2: Asking Questions As You Read a Text

    As students share their questions from the last Hatchet reading assignment, they will be introduced to four different was to answer the questions.

    Meeting #3: Finding Evidence to Answer Questions About the Text

    It is important that students not only ask thoughtful questions while reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, but also cite the text as evidence for the answers. Students will practice correctly citing the text during this meeting.

    Meeting #4: Understanding the Text

    Careful reading of Gary Paulsen's novel, Hatchet, will allow students to identify key passages that will help them understand the plot, character motivation, and the author's message.

    Meeting #5: Citing Specific Examples and Details to Support Your Conclusions

    The final Hatchet Book Club meeting provides students with the opportunity to find evidence in the text that shows important changes in Brian's character. Discussing these changes illustrates each student's ability to apply effective reading skills.

    Hatchet Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with drawing conclusions.

    Hatchet Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Hatchet and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Hatchet Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Hatchet. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Hatchet Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Hatchet, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Hatchet Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F

    Hatchet Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Hatchet Book Club Resource Set.

    Hatchet TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Hatchet Resource Set.
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 4.6E 4.6F 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.8B 4.8C 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F

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