A NOVEL BY GARY PAULSEN

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.

Write 1 page, with an Introduction, two Body Paragraphs and a
Conclusion.

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
one (minimum, up to 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.

TEL – Template for analysis of themes and issues in the Year 8 novel

INTRODUCTION
CONTENTION – (Rewrite the question in your own words in the form of a statement)
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ARGUMENTS
Using dot points indicate the three arguments that you will use to support your contention. These will form
the basis for your topic sentences in the body of the essay
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BODY
Paragraph 1

Topic Sentence (Directly supports your contention and summaries the argument of the paragraph)
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Evidence/ Explain (Gives specific examples/quotes that support the topic sentence and explains why the
quote supports the contention)
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Link (Ties the paragraph back to the contention – does not necessarily link to the next paragraph)
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Paragraph 2

Topic Sentence (Directly supports your contention and summaries the argument of the paragraph)
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Evidence/ Explain (Gives specific examples/quotes that support the topic sentence and explains why the
quote supports the contention)
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Link (Ties the paragraph back to the contention – does not necessarily link to the next paragraph)
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CONCLUSION
(Reiterates main points, similar to intro., does not include any new information)
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Hatchet
Reflection Task
Element 2

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
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I tried my hardest
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I helped others
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I stayed on task
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I finished on time
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I tried to solve my own problems before asking for help
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I understood what I was doing
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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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