Survival Stories

Lesson 11

Objective

Analyze how Brian’s “figuring out food” contributes to the structure of the story. 

Readings and Materials

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

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Writing Prompt

How does Brian’s “figuring out food” contribute to the sequence of events?

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Key Questions

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  • How do the stories about the bear and the wolf contribute to the overall structure of the story? 

  • What is the purpose of the phrase “gone down and down” on p. 116? What does it reveal about Brian? 

  • How does the scene on p. 116 contribute to the overall understanding of the story? 

  • On pp. 118–119 the author uses short sentences. Identify the short sentences and explain why the author chose to include them. 

  • On p. 119, Brian states that “He had done food.” What does this mean? Why was this important? 

  • At the end of the chapter, Brian says that he is full of “tough hope.” What is the difference between tough hope and hope? What does it reveal about Brian? 

  • Summarize the excerpt. In your summary, be sure to describe how the characters in the story respond to the main challenges. Also, be sure to determine a main theme of the excerpt. 

Vocabulary

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infuriating     (adj.)

describes something that makes you very angry

exulted     (v.)

to feel or show great happiness

Notes

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  • Background information: Brian is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Read about how Brian learns how to survive in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a hatchet.

Homework

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Read pages 121-138. What mistakes did Brian make? What did he learn from his mistakes? What can we learn about wilderness survival from Brian's mistakes? 

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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.5.5 — Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Sprial Standards

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L.5.4

RF.5.3

RF.5.4

RL.5.1

RL.5.10

RL.5.4

SL.5.1

W.5.10