Brian's Return

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As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges. But now that's he's back in civilization, he can't find a way to make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the North. The only answer is to return-to "go back in"-for only in the wilderness can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs. From the Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
18 Questions
22 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in sixth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining text structure, character traits, and diction. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about figurative language, and genre. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, conflict, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

Brian's Return is the fourth book in the Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen. Paulsen bases many of Brian's experiences on events that occurred in his own life. What details from the photograph of Paulsen below would indicate that he enjoys the outdoors?  (This annotation contains an image)
Tone is the writer’s attitude toward a subject or an audience. Which quote from the book supports the contemptuous attitude Paulsen has towards hunting for sport?  

Chapter Two

After surviving the attacks of animals, the harsh weather conditions, and witnessing death, Brian struggles to fit back in with his peers.  
Explain why Brian has a hard time fitting in with his friends after his experience in the wilderness.  
List at least two details that lead you to infer that Carl is jealous of Brian.  
Similes and metaphors are used to explain content, express emotion, and make writing more clear. The simile in the highlighted sentences compares the quick jabs Brian uses against Carl to the quick strikes of a snake. Learn more about these types of figurative language in the following video. (This annotation contains a video)
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it’s so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Try it right now to look up the word "diaphragm."  

Chapter Three

Theme is a main idea of a book that is repeatedly addressed as the plot progresses. In this book, the theme of self-discovery is developing with Brian's thought of himself to an animal. Learn how to identify themes in the video below. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Four

The author uses a great deal of imagery, or the use of sensory language, in this passage. The description of Caleb's office appeals to which of the five senses?  
The author uses imagery in Brian's description of the sunset to develop another theme, the appreciation of nature. Find evidence throughout the novel that Brian understands and has a respect for nature.  

Chapter Five

Internal conflict is a person's struggle to make a decision or deal with two opposite emotions. Explain Brian's internal conflict that Caleb quickly pinpoints as the root of his problem.  
Writers use flashbacks to add information to the current events in a story. A flashback stops the current story and changes the scene to tell the previous events as if the character is reliving the actual event. The reader can gain understanding of a character’s motivation and provide background to a current conflict. In this flashback, why do you think Brian uses a snowshoe to dig instead of a shovel? 

Chapter Six

Which item below is NOT on Brian's supply list? 
The Cree tribe is one of the largest American Indian tribes in North America. The Smallhorn family belongs to this tribe and they rescued Brian after his plane crash in the first book, Hatchet.  
Quiz Chapters 1-6 

Chapter Seven

Why does the author use quotation marks around the word "visit"? 

Chapter Eight

The bushplane pictured below has floats in place of wheels so it can land in water. Do you see where Brian's canoe will be placed? (This annotation contains an image)
How does the figurative language in the following excerpt add to the meaning of the text?But there were thick trees and bird sounds and green-lord, he'd forgotten how thickly green the northern forest is in the summer-and he let the sounds, and the lack of noise, settle over him like a blanket.  

Chapter Nine

Every story fits into a category, or genre. As you view this video about realistic fiction, think about how this book fits the genre.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement is NOT a characteristic of Brian and the fisherman? 
Brian's list of the materials he needs in the wilderness is very detailed. This shows that he is meticulous. View the video below to learn more about character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which words in the selected passage indicate the author's tone about people who survive in the wild using minimal resources?  
The point of view in a book refers to who is telling the story. The three types of point of view are described in the poster below. From which point of view do you think this story is told?  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Ten

A nock on the string of a bow keeps the arrow in steady before shooting it. This brief video illustrates nocking an arrow. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does the author end this chapter with the deer jumping into the canoe? 

Chapter Eleven

A good reader can summarize main points in a story. Pay attention to the events in this chapter to help you answer a question later in the chapter. The following video will help you learn more about summarizing. (This annotation contains a video)
Write a one sentence summary of the main events in Chapter 11 that lead up to the end of the first day.  

Chapter Twelve

How does Brian react to the moose? 
Writers use different structures to build the ideas of story. Study the chart below to identify the structure of this story.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz Chapters 7-12 

Chapter Thirteen

Which words in the selected sentence are examples of onomatopoeia? 

Chapter Fourteen

Since Brian had experienced a deep hurt of not belonging in the world of his friends, he can now understand the deep hurt of the characters who were not allowed to love each other in Shakespeare's play. Have you ever read something a second time and gained new meaning you did not glean the first time reading it? 

Chapter Fifteen

Self-discovery is another theme of the book. As you read this chapter, think about what Brian is discovering about himself.  
Do you agree with Brian's assessment of himself as an "animal-boy" earlier in the text and as "wolf-Brian" in this scene? Use text evidence to write an explanation of your opinion.  

Chapter Sixteen

At the beginning of each chapter while Brian is in the wilderness, he writes a summary statement of what he learns from his experiences. Predict what he will learn about medicine.  
What inference can you draw from the description of the man? 

Chapter Seventeen

Read the following excerpt from Carl Sandburg's poem "Wilderness." Pay attention to how the speaker in the poem describes himself and then answer the next question.  
There is a wolf in me . . . fangs pointed for tearing gashes . . . a red tongue for raw meat . . . and the hot lapping of blood—I keep this wolf because the wilderness gave it to me and the wilderness will not let it go. There is a fox in me . . . a silver-gray fox . . . I sniff and guess . . . I pick things out of the wind and air . . . I nose in the dark night and take sleepers and eat them and hide the feathers . . . I circle and loop and double-cross. There is an eagle in me and a mockingbird . . . and the eagle flies among the Rocky Mountains of my dreams and fights among the Sierra crags of what I want . . . and the mockingbird warbles in the early forenoon before the dew is gone, warbles in the underbrush of my Chattanoogas of hope, gushes over the blue Ozark foothills of my wishes—And I got the eagle and the mockingbird from the wilderness. O, I got a zoo, I got a menagerie, inside my ribs, under my bony head, under my red-valve heart—and I got something else: it is a man-child heart, a woman-child heart: it is a father and mother and lover: it came from God-Knows-Where: it is going to God-Knows-Where—For I am the keeper of the zoo: I say yes and no: I sing and kill and work: I am a pal of the world: I came from the wilderness.  
Use text evidence from the poem and details from the story to explain how the speaker in the poem is similar to Brian in the novel.  
You probably understand the meaning of the word "ticklish" to be sensitive to the touch, but it also means an uncertain situation. Learn more about words with multiple meanings in this video.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Eighteen

An effective book trailer includes the following elements: strong word choice, appropriate music, story highlights, and mood. Pay attention to these elements as you view the student-made trailer for the book and then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Evaluate the effectiveness of the student-made video. Does the trailer include enough information about the book to make you want to read it? Is there anything you would add from the book to make the trailer more effective? 
Quiz Chapters 13-18