Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Writing Prompts - Video Clips and Journal Writing Topics

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Hatchet Writing Prompts Video Clips is a ready-to-use resource that will help your students make connections to their reading of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Students will watch a short video clip on YouTube that relates to a topic, theme, or idea presented in the novel. A related journal prompt is included and students share their thoughts and ideas in writing. The videos are not specific to the novel, but they relate in a way that allows students to make a text-to-self or text-to-world connection.

Included in the Hatchet Writing Prompts Video Resource:

➡️ A PowerPoint presentation that includes links to seven videos that connect with topics, themes, or ideas presented in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The video clips are broken down by chapter set and include a link to the video and a related prompt. The chapter sets are as follows:
  • Chapters 1-3
  • Chapters 4-6
  • Chapters 7-9
  • Chapters 10-12
  • Chapters 13-15
  • Chapters 16-18
  • Chapter 19-Epilogue
The short videos are not about the novel specifically, but they connect to something that happens in the chapters in either content or theme. This allows students to make text connections between what happens in the novel and their own life or the world around them.

How to Use the Hatchet Writing Prompts Video Resource:
  1. After students have read the appropriate chapter set, play the video clip in class and share the related prompt.
  2. Give the students 5-10 minutes to respond to the prompt in writing.
  3. Split the students into groups and have them share their writing and discuss the prompt, or discuss it as a whole class.
What Teachers Are Saying About the Hatchet Writing Prompts Video Resource:

♥ I really liked this resource. I thought the short videos added a fun element to journaling for my students. I think watching the videos helped them connect to what the journal what really about and understand it on a deeper level.

♥ This resource was very beneficial to my students. They were able to follow along easily and it was engaging.

♥ My students love the book Hatchet. These journal prompts were just the right thing for their reflection.

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