This is a unit organized to teach Gary Paulsen's adventure novel Hatchet.


I taught this unit to a sixth grade honors class during my Middle School MAT Practicum. Though it does not have a lesson plan per day, there are enough examples of lessons and guided readings to aid your understanding of how this unit would have continued. Within this unit, I used an introduction and development method that included cereal boxes. This method was an inexpensive way to include contemporary media study while also reading and discussing a fictional novel. It was built to help students succeed in excelling Georgia's Common Core Performance Standards.

A Note about the Classroom Competition for this Unit:
My students were randomly placed in "survival groups" of three as we all "crashed" into the novel. Each student continued to work in their groups, gaining survival tools when the whole group had their novels, notebooks, and homework (Survival Tools: Print out images of items that the students said they could not live without). As the unit continued, the groups gained more tools that were placed in their "tool boxes" outside the class room. These tool boxes then created a competition to see which crash crew could gain the most tools by continuing to bring their survival tools to the classroom every day. This group method encouraged student accountability and social development amongst all the students within our classroom.
Included in this unit: Lesson Plans, Guided Readings, and Group Project


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Week One: Beginning the Journey

Day One: Discussion of Theme and Plot within a text
Day Two: "Hook" Lesson- Provide cereal boxes that have interesting backs and ask the groups to analyze the back.
(Insert Graphic Organizer of theme and plot for assistance)
Day Three: Introduce Hatchet
Day Four: Begin reading novel with guided reading notes (Chapters 1-2)
Day Five: Continue reading novel with guided reading notes (Chapters 3-4)
Weekend: Catch up reading (Chapters 1-4)

Week Two: Discovering Theme and Plot within the Text

Day Six: Continue reading novel with guided reading notes (Chapters 5-6)
Day Seven: Cereal Box from Chapters 1-6 (groups of two or three)
Day Eight: Present Cereal Boxes from Chapters 1-6 (groups of two or three)
Day Nine: Continue reading novel with guided reading notes (Chapters 7-8)
Day Ten: Continue reading novel with guided reading notes (Chapters 9-10)
Weekend: Catch up reading (Chapters 7-10)

Week Three: Discovering Theme and Plot within the Text (continued)

Day Eleven: Continue reading novel with guided reading notes (Chapters 11-12)
Day Twelve: Cereal Box from Chapters 7-12 (groups of two or three)
Day Thirteen: Present Cereal Boxes from Chapters 7-12 (groups of two or three)
Day Fourteen: Continue reading novel with guided reading notes (Chapters 13-14)
Day Fifteen: Continue reading novel with guided reading notes (Chapters 15-16)
Weekend: Catch up reading (Chapters 13-16)

Week Four: Discovering the Theme and Plot within the Text (continued)

Day Sixteen: Continue reading novel with guided reading (17-18)
Day Seventeen: Continue reading novel with guided reading (19-epilogue)
Day Eighteen: Cereal Box Chapters 13-Epilogue
Day Nineteen: Present Cereal Boxes
Day Twenty: Assessment on Novel Understanding