Gary Paulsen Author Study
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
In honor of Gary Paulsen’s birthday on May 17, we have compiled a list of teaching resources to help you do an author study with your class.
Start your author study by reading a short biography of Gary Paulsen and choosing some of his books to read. Then use the activities and lessons below to have fun with Paulsen’s stories of adventure and survival, some of them based on his actual experiences in Alaska! Extend the lesson by reading Paulsen's true Iditarod Journal.
Meet adventure writer and master storyteller Gary Paulsen, who has raced twice in the Iditarod. This and Paulsen's many other experiences in the outdoors and growing up have shaped his writing about life. Scholastic interviewed Gary Paulson about his life. Listen to some of his answers from this exclusive interview.
Hatchet is a superior example of Gary Paulsen's writing. It appeals to most students and is exemplary in demonstrating how sensory details improve writing.