Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Hatchet Response Activity

How did you react to Brian’s thoughts and actions? Do you think he is sensible or unreasonable?

I was surprised that he was having flash backs of his mother with another man and missing his friend Terry, but I think that he is really brave to take control of the plan while it was in the air, and even though he is week he is still trying to build himself some shelter.

What lesson does Brian recall from Mr Pepich, his English teacher? How does that lesson help Brian as he sits beside the lake?

His teacher Mr Pepich would always say stay positive and he is his best asset. It gave him motivation to build shelter and stay alive.

Sometimes Brian’s thoughts go back to an earlier time, when he was with his mother. What effect do these “breaks” have on the story.

The “breaks” answer the question about “The secret” and why his parents are divorced. The effects it made was that he felt sad about the fact his parents are divorced and he is carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders.

Are Brian’s reactions to the pilot’s death and the crash realistic? Does Brian seem like a real thirteen-year-old boy?

Brian’s reaction to the pilots death and the crash was kind of surprising because usually 13 year olds cry but not once in the story did it say that he was crying so that tells me that he is brave. To me Brian doesn't sound like he is 13, but I think he is around 15-16 years old.

If you would like to read "The Hatchet"

The Hatchet
By Gary Paulsen

Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian woods. All he has is a hatchet- and a desperate will to survive. Now Brian must learn to live the hard way.


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