Hatchet
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Author: Gary Paulsen

Subject: Following a plane crash, a 13-year-old boy survives for 54 days alone in the wilderness, aided only by his hatchet and his determination.

Setting: The Canadian wilderness

Description:
Thirteen-year-old Brian is being flown over the Canadian wilderness to visit his father when the plane crashes. Brian survives the crash and spends 54 days alone in the wilderness with the help only of his hatchet and his determination. The story describes how Brian lives through his ordeal.

Lexile Measure: 1020
Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Adventure
Gender of Main Character: Boy

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Brian is constantly learning from the mistakes he makes while trying to survive in the wild. Think about a mistake you made in your life that taught you a valuable lesson or skill. Write a paragraph about a mistake you made and tell what you learned from the experience.

When Brian, the main character in Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet," finds himself stranded in the wilderness, he must find the strength and the tools he needs to adapt and survive. Write a multi-paragraph essay telling the most important things Brian does to adapt to his wilderness home. You must write a thesis statement that expresses this opinion, a body of two or three paragraphs to support your statement, and a conclusion paragraph that sums up this point of view.


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