Hatchet

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  1. OUOhYeah

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    So... I have the second highest group for a literary circle and we decided to use Hatchet as our book. My concern is the book might be too difficult for them to comprehend. I would love any helpful tips you may have for teaching this book. Also, I realize that this is for 4th grade, but I want to help them achieve a higher reading level. Also, I believe that students will rise to the occasion if they know it will be challenging.
     
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    Hatchet for middle school? It is actually at about a 4th grade reading level.

    I don't think Hatchet is too difficult to comprehend in a literary circle.
     
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    It may actually be too easy for middle school.
     
  5. OUOhYeah

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    I'm not saying that it may not be too easy for middle school. I am doing it with 4th grade... For 4th grade the book is actually really hard due to the book's lexile level.
     
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    I've read it several times with 4th graders and haven't had difficulties. What exactly have your challenges been? Inferencing? Literal comprehension?
     
  7. OUOhYeah

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    Comprehension and Vocabulary. Also, some have a low fluency rate.
     
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    I think I'm confused now...what is your question exactly?

    You have a high ability group (second highest), but you're worried about vocabulary and fluency? That's why you are doing it in a literary circle...right?
     
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    Let me clarify. My students are reading at about a 4.5 level. I have 30 minutes each day with them in a small group (being a student teacher and all). I am assigning chapters for them to read at home every night. I am concerned that I am doing this wrong because I don't see how we'll ever get through this book in time.
     
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    What activities are you doing in your literary circle?
     
  11. OUOhYeah

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    My plan is to review the chapter and pull attention to big details that happen in the story and what's going on with the setting. Sadly, I know some of them aren't reading at home. I am only a student teacher, but I am trying to figure out what works for me. I would greatly appreciate any help you could offer for this book.
     
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    I used to read that with my 6th grade class. It's around 5th grade level so it's perfect for a 4th grade HA group. Lot's of good figurative lang in that book too!
     
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    You need to hold them accountable for their reading hw. Perhaps post its tracking their thinking, a summary, guiding questions...some kind of note taking or written response. And accountable all when you meet as a group.
     
  14. OUOhYeah

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    This was when I was student teaching last year. I'm using it with my 5th and 6th graders this year and will hold them accountable for reading it.
     

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