Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present -- and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents' divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair -- it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.





The first reading book of the year will be Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The students will be trained in the analysis of literature and will examine the structure of the story with a special focus on characterization. There will also be an emphasis on analyzing the author's style of writing. A set of comprehension sheets will accompany the story which will have the students practicing the skills of evaluating, summarizing, monitoring, self-questioning, thinking about words and predicting/inferring. Additionally, the skill of recognizing cause and effect will be threaded through the story. Vocabulary will be built on a weekly basis and a list of the vocabulary words can be found on this webpage. Also found on this webpage are guiding questions which will be used in regular discussion sessions.


And now, links to enhance the reading of Hatchet!



Animals in the book:




The Kingfisher


Ruffed Grouse-Wikipedia

Ruffed Grouse from Kidzone

Nature Guide for Ruffed Grouse


The American Robin

Bird of the Month-The American Robin


















The Beaver

Beaver Tracks


The Black Bear


Squirrel Tracks

Squirrel Trivia

The Squirrel Place

The Squirrel Gallery


The Moose

The Moose with printout

Basic Moose Information


The Timber Wolf

The Eastern Timber Wolf



The Snowshoe Hare

The Cottontail Rabbit

The Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit


The Striped Skunk

The Striped Skunk with printout



The North American Porcupine

The North American Porcupine-with printout










From the Water~




The Crayfish Corner

The Crayfish-with a printout

The Crayfish from Wikipedia


The Snapping Turtle

The Snapping Turtle-with more photos!


Mosquito Alert

Mosquito Life Cycle

Mosquito Larval Habits

Mosquitos Want to Suck Your Blood!




Plants in the book:






Aspen Trees


Birch Trees




Spruce Trees


Hazelnut Bush


Pine Trees

Pine Trees from Wikipedia


Choke Cherries

Choke Cherries from The Tree Book









The Airplane:

Cessna 406 Photos

Cessna 406 Cargo Facts





Tornadoes and Glaciers~

Tornado Information

Tornado Photo Album

What Creates a tornado?

Tornadoes and Thunderstorms





Mountains of Ice

All About Glanciers







Gary Paulsen~

 About Gary Paulsen

Author Profile: Gary Paulsen


Guiding questions to answer in discussion~

Chapter 1: What will Brian do?
Chapter 2: What emotions does Brian have throughout the chapter?
Chapter 3: What's happened to Brian as the chapter ends?
Chapter 4: Describe the setting that Brian is in and name the resources he has available to him.
Chapter 5: Make a plan for what Brian should do.
Chapter 6: Was Brian smart in what he did?
Chapter 7: What dangers does Brian face?
Chapter 8: How did the meeting with the porcupine turn out well?
Chapter 9: How is fire Brian's friend?
Chapter 10: What skills do you think Brian still needs to learn?
Chapter 11: How is fire Brian's friend?
Chapter 12 How is fire Brian's friend?
Chapter 13: Brian is gaining confidence. Is there danger in gaining too much confidence?
Chapter 14: How is fire Brian's friend?
Chapter 15: Which of Brian's survival skills are the most important?
Chapter 16: What does Brian think of his chance of survival?
Chapter 17: Should Brian try to go into the airplane or not?
Chapter 18:  Can Brian survive here forever?
Chapter 19: What do you think of the ending?




Vocabulary will be chosen from the following words. It is not likely that all words will be used in the study of the book, but approximately 30 of them will.

Chapter 1:

drone, slewed, stout, gratitude

Chapter 7:

welled, receded, wuffling, rivulets

Chapter 13:

infuriating, exulted

Chapter 2:

turbulence, cowling, altimeter, vague

Chapter 8:


Chapter 14:

rectify, corrosive

Chapter 3:

wallow, wrenching

Chapter 9:

tinder, tendrils, smoldered, flue

Chapter 15:


 Chapter 4:

abated, remnants, hummocks, wincing

Chapter 10:


Chapter 16:


Chapter 5:

murky, amphibious, asset

Chapter 11:


Chapter 17:

incessant, chipper, stymied

Chapter 6:

pulverized, ruefully

Chapter 12:

tapered, hefted

Chapter 18: