Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen ~ Lexile 1020

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is such a treasured classic and  Newberry Honor Book as well!  Although the lexile is high, 1020, our Fifth grade teachers pick this book as their final universal text because it is engaging and captures our students' attention from the beginning!

Summary from

On a trip to visit his father, 13-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. With only the clothes on his back and a hatchet he received as parting gift from his mother, Brian begins to shape a life for himself in the wild. This splendid coming-of-age story has sold more than two million copies. 
The following posters are a list of 5th grade "I can" statements that are directing our teaching.   The focus is on learning more about the FAST-C Strategy where students will elaborate on student understanding the main character's feelings, actions, saying thoughts and story conflicts.  Along with the FAST-C strategy, we will utilize shades of meaning to cover all of the emotions in this book, focus on context clues and focus on character change.  Each grade level has focused on the QAR (Question-Answer-Relationship) strategy to help students understand depth of knowledge and different responses to questions.

Below is the anchor chart teachers will use to explain and model the FAST-C Strategy.

One last anchor chart~ This is our anchor chart for modeling context clues.  I created a Power Point to model these ideas for students.

Here are 3 pages from the Power Point from Chapters 1-3 of Hatchet.

I will continue to add more ideas as we progress through this unit.

Happy Reading!


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