Complete all of the following activities.

As You Read
1. At the end of each chapter write a brief (3-5 dot point) summary of the events of the chapter. Also write a brief description of how you think Brian is feeling at that point.

Survival in the Wilderness
2. RESEARCH: Investigate a real life survival or disaster story where someone has survived against incredible odds and present it as a short report. You will need to visit the library and Internet to gather the necessary information so that the report is accurate and factual. In your report you will need to explain where the incident occurred, who was involved, why it occurred and what made it an incredible story of survival. You may need to use maps, illustrations and diagrams to assist in presenting the information. Include the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How questions. Remember to structure your paragraphs using TEL (Topic Sentence, Explain/Example/Expand, Linking Sentence (to topic)). (300 plus words) 3. Speak Out: Present this information to the class as an oral presentation. Your speech should last for a minimum of 2 minutes. You may use support material, such as photographs and maps to support your speech if you wish.

Finding Textual Reference
4. Brian changes significantly as a person over the course of the novel. His experiences in the wilderness make it necessary for him to change in order to survive. Show Brian’s development by finding three quotes or events in the novel that highlight his development. Quote these references, with page numbers. Underneath each quote write at least 2 sentences outlining what each quote tells us about how Brian is changing. 5. Draw and label a detailed diagram that shows Brian’s campsite and the terrain around it. Include as many details as you can find, using the text as a reference point. Make your drawing as accurate as possible.

Looking Forward
6. Brian has changed significantly in order to survive in the wilderness. At the end of the novel a further challenge awaits him – he is to return to civilisation a different person from the one who left. Write a diary entry from Brian for the day after he returns home to his mother. There are many things you need to consider. For example, how is he coping with this lifestyle? Has his experience in the wilderness had any long term effects? What does he enjoy most about being home? Is there anything he misses about his camp? Your diary entry needs to be approximately one page (250-300) words in length. It needs to show evidence of drafting.
Extension – Research Question Answer the following questions and provide a report on it. You may include pictures and maps to add to your piece. Cite all sources used and don’t cut and paste!

Who was Sir Edmund Hillary, and what were his most important achievements in his lifetime?


Think back over your learning. Circle the numbers to give yourself a rating for each of the following learning behaviours:
I really enjoyed learning about the different issues faced by the characters 1 2 3 4 5 10 6 7 8 9

Reflection Task Element 2

I tried my hardest 1 2 3 4 5 10 6 7 8 9

I helped others 1 2 3 4 5 10 6 7 8 9

I stayed on task 1 2 3 4 5 10 6 7 8 9

I finished on time 1 2 3 4 5 10 6 7 8 9

I tried to solve my own problems before asking for help 1 2 3 4 5 10 6 7 8 9

I understood what I was doing 1 2 3 4 5 10 6 7 8 9

Habit of Mind Which Habit of Mind did you use when completing your work in this novel study? How did you use it?

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