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Hatchet ​Project Options--Due September 17, 2019

Choose ​one ​of the following options to show your understanding of the novel​ Hatchet:

You may work with up to 2 other people and should prepare for a 2 minute presentation of your work.

1. Survival Guide​: ​Learn more about the Canadian wilderness as well as Brian’s own survival to
create a multi-step survival guide book showing survival skills that Brian learned while in the
wilderness. Your survival guide should include survival tips with a written explanation for each
and a front cover plus table of contents. Make sure to determine if you will write in 2​nd​ person
or third person point of view and write accordingly.

2. Comic Strip:​ Draw a colored comic strip that illustrates all of the important events in the story.
Your comic must be at least 6 panels long and should include speech bubbles, thought
bubbles and/or captions.

3. Survival Supplies​: Make a table or chart that shows all the possessions Brian has with him at
the time of the crash. List on the chart the uses Brian has for each possession and add
additional ways Brian could have used each possession.

4. News Story:​ Write a news feature story about Brian’s adventure as it might appear in your
local newspaper or news website. Focus on the questions “who, what, when, where, why, and
how.” Draw or create a collage with images to illustrate your story.

5. Shelters:​ Research and describe how different types of shelters are constructed using natural
materials available in wilderness settings. Explain how each type of shelter offers protection
against the climate. Refer to the descriptions in the book to evaluate how adequateness of
Brian’s shelter.

6. Character Collage​: Create two collages of Brian’s thoughts (both spoken and
unspoken)—one that illustrates the “old” Brian and one that illustrates the “new” Brian. Include
page numbers for each quotation.

7. Alternate History​: Create an outline for an alternate version of ​Hatchet ​with one chapter
written as a prospectus. Include illustrations. You may wish to consider elements of the story
that would show Brian as an unreliable narrator.

8. Book Cover:​ The cover of the book has changed several times since it was first published.
Design a new book cover to include ​front cover (title, author, and image), ​inside front flap
(summary of book), ​inside back flap (brief biography of Gary Paulsen), ​back cover ​(editorial
comments and reviews about the book from your classmates), ​spine​ (title and author).

Standards Addressed: RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.2.5, RL.3.9, W.3.7, W.3.9., SL.2.4, SL.2.5
Project Rubric

Areas of 5 4 3 2
Research and • Reliable and • Few or unreliable • Minimal or no • No resource
appropriate resources resources • Missed deadline
Preparation resources used • Met deadline • Needed • Little preparation
• Met deadline • Used time well encouragement to
• Used any extra meet deadline
time to extend • Minimal
research preparation

Content • Creative • Fulfilled guidelines • Fulfilled most • Did not fulfill

• Easy to follow • Mostly easy to guidelines guidelines
• Interested follow • Difficult to follow • Difficult to follow
audience • Kept audience’s • Lost audience’s • Little audience
• Covered topic well attention attention interest
• Credited sources • Covered topic • Covered basics • Left out important
appropriately • Credited some information
• Credited sources sources • Did not credit

Visual Elements • Highly interesting, • Interesting, easy to • Somewhat • Messy,

easy to see and see and Interesting, easy to disorganized, hard
understand understand see and to understand
• Main ideas clear • Main ideas clear understand • Main ideas not
• Outstanding effort • Showed effort • Main idea could be supported
clearer • Little effort
• Fair effort

Written • Few errors • Few errors • Several errors • Many errors

• Proofread and • Proofread and • Need more • Need to be
Elements revised revised proofreading and proofread and
• Main ideas • Supported main revising revised
supported with ideas • Weakly supported • Main ideas not
key details main ideas supported

Oral • Spoke audibly and • Spoke audibly and • Could develop • Difficult to hear
with expression with expression more expression • Few or no gestures
Presentation • Used engaging • Used gestures or • Used few gestures or props
gestures or props props or awkward props • Little attempt at
• Excellent eye • Good eye contact • Attempted to eye contact
contact maintain eye