Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

This was a book I read in 5th grade and I really enjoyed it. Brian Robeson, the main character, is forced to learn to survive on his own. He gets trapped in the wilderness after he is in a plane crash and must learn to survive with one of the only things he has, a hatchet. This book is great for a suspenseful and engaging read. It would be best suited for 5th-8th grades and has a lexile level of 1020L. I think this would be a great book to introduce character types, such as internal and external and have students compare the main character Brian on an anchor chart or using the board in a class discussion. You could also cover foreshadowing by using this book as well. I remember when I read this book in 5th grade the entire class read it together and I enjoyed that. There are endless amounts of activities and lessons you could plan for your students!