Determination and Perserverance

A Unit on Survival


Hatchet is a 1987 Newbery Honor-winning young-adult wilderness survival novel written by Gary Paulsen. Brian Robeson is a thirteen-year-old son of divorced parents. As he travels on a Cessna 406 bush plane to visit his father in the oil fields in northern Canada for the summer, the pilot suffers a massive heart attack and dies. Brian tries to land the plane, but ends up crash-landing into a lake in the forest. He must learn to survive on his own with nothing but his hatchet—a gift his mother gave him shortly before his plane departed.

Research Activities

Research connections to:

  • Survival Skills
  • Biography of authors and poets
  • Rites of Passage
  • Wilderness Habits
  • Divorce/Custody
  • Heart Health
  • Camping
  • Climate/Weather
  • Constructing a Shelter
  • Literary Elements
  • Edible Foods in Wilderness
  • Marine Life-Salt Water vs. Fresh Water

Cherish sunsets, wild creatures and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth~Stewart Udall