Survival Stories

Lesson 14


Identify and explain the speaker’s perspective on choices in life.

Compare and contrast the perspectives on choices of the speaker in the poem and Brian.

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What is the speaker’s perspective on the way the choices we make influence our lives? Explain. 

Do the speaker of the poem and Brian from Hatchet share the same perspective on the way in which the choices we make influence our lives? Explain. 

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impassable     (adj.)

impossible to pass, cross, or travel over

presume     (v.)

to assume that something is true without proof

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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.

  • RL.5.9 — Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

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