Joanna Spyratos, 7th Grade Teacher, John W. Garvy School
The novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a story of 13-year-old boy named Brian who finds himself stranded in the Canadian woods after his plane crashes. Facing a scarcity of food and shelter, Brian struggles to survive and learns to sustain himself through an appreciation for nature. The following CERCA Sets, Applied Lessons, and QuickCERCAs work well as supplementary texts because they explore the theme of man versus nature. These Applied Lessons require my students to use higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving strategies in order to complete the given writing assignments.