Survival Stories

Lesson 16 - Writing


Write a multiple-paragraph essay that describes how Brian, Sophie, and/or Miyax approached survival.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (pp. 5-25) 

  • Book: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (pp. 76–83, 90–95, 98–103) 

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

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Write a multiple-paragraph essay that describes how Brian, Sophie, and/or Miyax approached survival. 

Your essay should include: 

  • A topic sentence that answers the question 
  • Two complete paragraphs 
  • A concluding sentence that provides closure
  • Details from multiple texts

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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).

  • 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.

  • W.5.1 — Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information

  • W.5.9 — Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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