Archive for June, 2013

 

Social Media and The Hunger Games

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If your students are anything like mine, they know more about social media than you do.  Or maybe I’m the only neophyte left.  In any case, despite my ignorance, I’ve had wonderful success using elements of social media technology in my class, especially with The Hunger Games movies and other games as well, since as […]

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What If My Students Have Already Read The Hunger Games

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Yesterday I wrote a post about why I love teaching The Hunger Games and mentioned that one of the new challenges with this text is that many students have already read it – with the number of reluctant readers we have these days, this is truly a welcome problem.  If you have a class in […]

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Why I Love Teaching The Hunger Games

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I love teaching The Hunger Games.  In fact, I think I would even go so far as to say it is my second favorite unit to teach (Romeo and Juliet is still the most fun).  What makes teaching The Hunger Games so much fun?  For starters, and this is probably the most important factor, the […]

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Ideas for Teaching The Hunger Games

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Pre-reading Discuss reality television shows, how they can be exploitive, and what they say about the participants and the viewers. Learn about wilderness survival with an internet scavenger hunt. Research dictatorships and oppressive regimes around the world. Look at other examples of post-apocalyptic film and literature. Setting Students draw and label a detailed map of […]

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Teaching Characterization in The Hunger Games

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Teaching Characterization in The Hunger Games Here are some notes and a task you can use when teaching characterization in The Hunger Games: Notes Characterization is the method through which an author reveals and develops the personalities of characters within a text. There are two categories (direct and indirect) and three types of characterization: 1. […]

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Teaching Conflict in The Hunger Games

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Teaching Conflict in The Hunger Games As one might guess, a book about teens forced to fight to the death on a nationally televised broadcast in an oppressive dystopia provides ample opportunity to teach conflict. Just about every character has both internal and external conflicts, and your students will want to talk about them, which […]

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Hunger Games Paragraph Topics

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Paragraph Topics for The Hunger Games The following eight questions are perfect for paragraph writing prompts. 1. How is Panem an “oppressive” country? 2. Compare the exploitation committed by the Capitol against the Districts to an example of exploitation in our history or in the world today. 3. Why do think Haymitch drinks so much? […]

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