Hattie Big Sky (Novel Study Guide)

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  • eBook Order #: CCP2523
  • Print Book Order #: CC2523
  • Both eBook & Print Book Order #: CC+P2523
  • ISBN13: 978-1-55319-598-6
  • Grades: 5, 6
  • Reading Level: 5-6
  • Total Pages: 55
  • Author: Nat Reed

  • Get an idea of what life was like on a homestead during World War I.

    Challenge students to make meaningful connections to the novel. Identify the biggest obstacles for Hattie as she works on her homestead alone. Students translate common expressions used in the novel into their own words. Do some investigation into the state of Montana, including by what nicknames this state is known by. Research the possible origins of the expression 'doughboys', as Hattie uses it to describe American soldiers fighting in Europe. Find examples of personification used in the novel. Students brainstorm who the possible antagonist of the story may be. Students put themselves into Hattie's mindset to write a reply letter to Charlie. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, our worksheets incorporate a variety of scaffolding strategies along with additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key.

    About the Novel:
    Hattie Big Sky is a Newbery Honor-winning story about a young orphan who inherits a homestead claim in the Montana prairies. Hattie, at the age of 16, goes off to live at her uncle's homestead in Montana in 1918. Alone, Hattie is met with the hardships that come with the primitive conditions. Throughout all of her trials and small triumphs, Hattie keeps up a correspondence with her school friend, Charlie, who enlisted in the army to fight in The Great War. It is through his eyes that Hattie is able to see glimpses of the harsh cruelty of warfare. As the story unfolds, Hattie is met with experiences that leave her discouraged and bewildered, but stronger and more resolutely determined to make something of herself.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 9 reviews
    Natalie Cooke

    My students have LOVED this book and this was a wonderful resource to go alongside it. Some of the text was a little challenging for them but this packet and guiding questions helped them break down and analyze the text!

    Racheal BaalmanFriedel

    This was very helpful and I am glad I had it.

    Deborah Aumann

    Loved this resource. A good variety of question types. Used with one literature group. Very thorough. I liked that the questions made my students think more deeply about the novel. Would recommend!

    North Idaho Teacher

    Great questions to keep my kids engaged with the book.

    Teach Loudly

    Encouraged my book club to read my thoroughly. Great discussion questions.

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