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Chapter Chat Book Club - "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen (Ages 9-14)

Students will read and enjoy this survival story of a boy alone in the wilderness after a plane crash.
Maria Ward
164 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 13 learners
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45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will read 2 to 4 chapters between each class meeting for homework.
The student should purchase, or check out from a library, a copy of the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Hatchet is an age appropriate book with tense moments and exciting situations. The main character, Brian, is flying on a small airplane when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. The plane crashes into a lake in the northwestern wilderness. The scene of the plane crash is exciting but not scary. 

While in the wilderness Brian has to kill wild animals in order to survive.

Brian's parents are getting divorced. Brian knows a "secret" (he saw his mother alone with a man who is not his father.) This "secret" is mentioned several times throughout the book. The book does not go into any detail about his parents' relationship or his mother's relationship with the other man. Her encounter with this man is only mentioned briefly and in the context that Bryan now has to deal with the knowledge of one of the reasons for his parents' divorce.

This book is written in a very age-appropriate way. All of our class discussion will also be age-appropriate. I will handle any difficult or confusing topics or scenes in the book gently and carefully, taking into account the age and maturity of my students. If a students has deeper questions about the underlying meaning of a situation, I will discuss it privately with the student and recommend that they speak with their parents for further explanation. I will also notify the parent of any concerns the student has. I do not foresee situations like this arising from the discussion of this book. However I wanted to give parents a heads up in case their student had some questions about divorce or death.

 I have taught this book many times and none of the situations I have mentioned here have caused concern with any student or parent. 


Maria Ward
Lives in the United States
Patient teacher, and fun-loving bookworm! 25 years teaching experience
164 total reviews
226 completed classes

About Me

My name is Maria. I was born in South Carolina, USA. When I was 7 years old my family moved to Latin America. When I graduated from high school, I returned to the US to attend university  I have been married for 36 years and have 3 adult children... 
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