Friday, May 4, 2012

The Hunger Games

May the Odds be in Your Favor

Katniss Everdeen has made the ultimate sacrifice. She will fight to the death in The Hunger Games in the place of her sister. The Capitol holds the Hunger Games live on TV each year. It is their cruel and harsh way to keep each of the 12 Districts from rebelling; forcing not only each district to sacrifice one girl and one boy between the ages of 12 and 18, but forcing the district members to watch the slaughters and even treat it as a holiday. In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins takes the reader on the ride of their life. The fast paced, heart stopping novel raises questions of love, life and humanity. Katniss must battle with these questions each day of the hunger games as she fights to find a way to survive and return to her family. Will her innate ability to fight to survive bring her to victory or will the tributes from the other districts force her to give up the ultimate sacrifice, her life.

Reading Level: DRA 70
                          Fountus and Pinnell: Z

Teachers... here are some resources to help you to use this book in your classroom.

Web Resources:
  • Hunger Games Unit: This unit includes many ideas, pre-made worksheets and more. There are also further links with information and more ideas to teach The Hunger Games.
  • The Hunger Games: Games, Videos, messages from the author all make this site fun and useful.
  • Scholastic: Ideas from Scholastic for Hunger Games activities in the classroom.

Vocabulary: tribute, rebellion, barbarism, barter, adversaries, betrayal, unjust, humble, rendezvous, scrupulous, respite, deluge

Before Reading: The Hunger Games takes place in a futuristic North America that is run by the Capitol and surrounded by 12 Districts that supply the materials, food, resources, etc. for the Capitol. What do you think might have happened that made North America turn into such a state?

During Reading: As you read, write a journal in which you take the voice of Katniss or Peeta. What are they feeling that Suzanne Collins doesn't tell us? What would they tell their families if they could?

After Reading: Predict what you think will happen with Katniss and Peeta as they move back to District 12. What will their relationship with their family be like? with each other? How will those around Katniss and Peeta treat them?

Across the Curriculum: Make an economics connection by talking about the responsibilities of each District to the Capitol.

Collins, S. (2008). The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press.

Happy Reading (& Running) =)

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