We are going to read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen together in the library.
The librarians and teacher will read aloud, and the students will follow along in the text.
We will continually discuss the content of the book as well as the vocabulary.
Hatchet was published in USA in 1987 and is a young-adult wilderness survival novel. It is the first book of a series of five, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.
Gary Paulsen, born in 1939, is an American writer.
He grew up with his mother who was an alcoholic.
He was forced to fend for himself a lot as a child and preferred nature and animals to people.
As an adult he became an accomplished hunter and
has entered into dog-sledding competitions.
He and his wife Ruth lives a modest life
despite his success as a writer.
Many of Gary Paulsens books are so called
coming-of-age novels and often highlight the
importance of nature and the outdoors.
The main character, Brian, is a 13-year-old boy from New York.
His parents are divorced and Brian is going to Canada to visit his dad.
His mother gives him a hatchet as a good-bye present.
Brian is upset about the divorce. He has a secret about his mother that he has not yet decided if he is going to tell his dad or not.
During the trip in a small plane a terrible accident happens.
The plane crashes in to a lake in the middle of the Canadian wilderness.
Brian survives but all he has got with him is the hatchet his mother gave him.
To survive, he must mentally and physically prepare himself for the worst.
The Canadian wilderness
Effects of reading/listening
We read for approximately 15 minutes, then take a short break, then we read for another 15 minutes.
During this time we listen respectfully. If you have to leave to use the bathroom etc, do it quietly. Don't disturb the rest of the Group.
We need to set up a few ground rules.
Abdomen = stomach
Pit = kärna
Pit = grop, hål
Recede = dra sig tillbaka
abate, die off, diminish, taper, wane, dwindle, retract, drone, reduce,
To scatter = sprida
Tart = sura
Crude = enkel
snags = rötter
Cluster = klase
Tang = bismak, surhet
Gorge = vräka i sig
= to eat while snorting or making noises
Squirrel rustled = ekorrn rassla, prassla
Walk, trot, galop
The rain roared down in sheets.
Rivulets = rännilar
Musty rot = unken lukt av förruttnelse
kallas även för Sasquatch
Jerk = rycka
Jerk = idiot
self-pity = självömkan
doze = slumra
to look cross = att se sur ut
Charcoal = grillkol
Grocery sack = varupåse
Scootched up = sätta sig upp försiktigt
Scramble = rusa
Sore = öm
chalk = kalk
tinder = fnöske
kindling = tändved
twigs = kvistar
birches = björkar
tendrils = remsor
fluffs = tussar, dun
flammable = brännbar
wad = tuss
sliver = spån
fuel = bränsle
flue = skorsten, rökkanal
flu = influenza
"A friend and a guard from a tiny spark."
Interior - exterior
smoke eddied and swirled
eddy= luftvirvel, ström
Dusk and dawn
Skymning och gryning
Squat = knäböj
seize = seizures
Hiss Eeyore Boing Yip Splat
Screech Whisper Plop Brouhaha Tsk
Yikes Achoo Ping Pong Ahem Meow
Clip clop Whoosh Zing Tweet
The wolves howled at the moon.
The ball swished into the net.
The snake hissed its warning.
soak = blöta igenom
"staggering amount of Wood"
to stagger = vackla, stappla, förbluffa
Please note the Spelling of "although" = fastän
tree limbs = trädgrenar
Note the difference between:
ganska, nog, helt
body limbs =
bluff = brant
bluff = luras
Initially = initial, till att börja med
scenery = landskap
Birds, insects - there was a constant hum and song.
bent and gnarled
lure = locka
the shallows = grundare vatten
willows = pilträd, vide
lunge = utfall
to flail = vifta
to prop = stödja
to taper= smalna av, bli till en spets
two=pronged = två uddig
speckled = fläckig
vicious = dålig, ond, osund, elak, ilsken, etc...
persistent whine = ihållande visslande
Whine = vissla, vina, gny, gnälla
British English = Whinge
Book circle project
Due to the great success following the release of Paulsen's book "Hatchet", he felt
obliged to write a few more books about Brian.
"Hatchet" won the Newbery medal in1988
“The original was not going to have a sequel, but I get so many letters from hundreds of thousands of young people, wanting more Brian.”
The Baltimore Sun reported, 12-year-old Michael Auberry became separated from his camping group in 2007 and survived in the North Carolina wilderness alone for four days—a feat his father credited, in part, to Michael’s having spent a few weeks reading Hatchet when he was younger.
Real Life consequences
Fans of all ages on different platforms
Take inventory of your supplies
Get your head right
Learn to S.T.O.P.
Small mistakes are magnified in the wilderness
Always carry a good tool
Know how and where to get Clean water
Make a safe shelter
Know how to start a fire without matches
Prepare a signal
10 survival tips
we learned because
we read Hatchet
The sequels and alternative storyline books
Alternative ending book, what would have happened if Brian wasn't rescued.
- You will be divided into 5 groups.
- Each group will get a subject.
- You will find at least 10 words in the book on your subject that you will write down in English.
- You will then translate them into Swedish.
- You will also find a picture online for each word.
You will start with this assignment next year.
Work in Word. Send in email to Emma.
We will share everyones completed assignments with the class.
- Fauna (wild animals, insects, birds)
- Flora (plants, trees, berries, flowers)
- Tools (building tools, hunting tools etc.)
- Emotions (what Brian experince and feels)
1. Summary - Write a summary of the book "The Hatchet"
2. Creative Writing - Write your own story
on how to survive in the wilderness. 2 -3pages
1. Describe at least 3 things/objects that Brian built to survive.
Use Tools and materials to show how he constructed them.
2. Creative Writing - Imagine what you would have built to be able to survive in the wilderness.
How would you build it?
What Tools and materials would you use for your Construction?
How to write a summary
Let's do a kahoot about The Hatchet!
Go to kahoot.it
Enter the game PIN
Use your name or initials as username
Kahoot: flora + animals + Tools vocabulary and images
Feelings and emotions (inner dialogue)
Every day emotions
Self pity/self confidence
Synonymer antonymer similies metaphores for glädje och sorg
10 - 15 ord/kohoot
Koppla bild till rätt ord
Bild och ord på eng i sliden först, eleverna söker upp svenska översättningarna själva
Animals/Wood (flora and fauna)
Survival/ Man vs. nature as well as other situations
Personal growth/ personal developement
Inner dialogue/ Emotional values
+ Vocabulary according to each topic
Link pictures of animals in English and Swedish
Link pictures of trees in English and Swedish
Check points (structure) what we know now - kahoot/mentimeter/group discussions with cards
Timelines - online together
By Emma Lindgren