Hatchet by Gary Paulsen tells the story of Brian, a young boy who survives a plane crash that leaves him alone in the wilderness in Canada. Through internal conflict, external forces working against him, and with the help of his hatchet (a recent present from his mother), Brian learns to survive on his own. Paulsen breaks down the different types of conflict and helps his readers better understand how a small event can affect the larger plot of a story.
This Hatchet vocabulary activity will help students become familiar with new words and master new vocabulary while reading Gary Paulsen's novel!
EXAMPLE FROM BOOK
n. an instrument for determining altitude attained, especially a barometric or radar device used in an aircraft.
"Down beneath that were dials with lines that seemed to indicate what the wings were doing, tipping or moving, and one dial with a needle pointing to the number 70, which he thought—only thought—might be the altimeter."