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Hatchet Book Club Focused on Asking and Answering Questions

Hatchet Book Club Focused on Asking and Answering Questions

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.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 5 book club meetings focused on Asking and Answering Questions
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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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.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 5 book club meetings focused on Asking and Answering Questions
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with drawing conclusions.
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Book Title:
Hatchet
Book Author:
Gary Paulsen
Grade Level:
4
Genre(s):
Realistic Fiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
R
DRA Level:
40
Reading Recovery Level:
40
Theme(s):
Adventure, Award Winners, Family, Perseverance, Self Awareness, Self Management
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TEKS
Common Core Alignment: RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9, RL.4.10, SL.4.1a, SL.4.1b, SL.4.1c, W.4.8, L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6, W.4.9
Vocabulary Connections: L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6
TEKS Alignment: 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, 4.10A, 4.10B, 4.10C, 4.10D, 4.10E, 4.10F, 4.10G, 4.13A, 4.13C, 4.13E, 4.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 4.7E, 4.7F, 4.3A, 4.3B
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