Survival Stories

Lesson 10


Describe Brian’s current predicament and how he responds.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (pp. 113–120, 161–170)  pp. 13 – 28

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Describe Brian’s current predicament. How does he respond? Provide two or three specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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Key Questions


  • What happens when Brian tries to radio for help? Based on what you know about survival, why is radioing for help important?

  • What plan does Brian make in his mind? Why?

  • How is Brian feeling? How do you know? Include two to three specific examples from the text.

  • Describe what happens when Brian is forced to land the plane.



Read pages 40-51 in Hatchet. Describe Brian’s predicament. Based on what you know about wilderness survival, what would you do in his situation? Explain why.

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.5.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

  • RL.5.3 — Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

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