The Book Boys Report On (and Reenact) Hatchet
by Traci Swain
Play this Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive Book Boys reenactment video for Gary Paulsen’s Newbery Honor–winning novel Hatchet to encourage students’ active reading of the text.
Like any incredible story, Hatchet spurs readers to ask questions and make connections to their own lives. And after reading Hatchet, the Book Boys have one big question in mind: Could we survive alone in the wilderness?
In this video, Allister, Elliott, and Max reenact big story moments from Hatchet in order to actively engage with the text on a deeper level. Play it for your students to inspire them to get involved with the text through reenactments!
Reenactments also help readers comprehend vocabulary, sentence structure, and sequence. Here’s how you can try it in your own classroom:
1. Break students into small groups.
2. Divide the book (one section per group).
3. Give students time to create props and plan.
4. Retell and reenact the story in sequence.
How did your students’ reenactments of Hatchet go? We’d love to hear from you! Share with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
These three guys from different departments at Scholastic Book Clubs formed a book group. Each week, they choose a new book to read together. Then they meet, discuss, and create fun and entertaining videos to help kids discover—and relate to—titles offered by Scholastic Book Clubs.
While the Book Boys come from diverse backgrounds and were definitely different growing up, they all have one thing in common: they really want to get kids excited about books and reading.
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