Hunger Games Writing Assignments

Updated:

November 14, 2014
Uploaded a post with links to Hunger Games lesson plans and resources with a focus on social justice.

Past Posts:

March 26, 2012
I added a post concerning the Hunger Games series with links to lessons plans and more maps.

September 2, 2010
Original post focusing on geography

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If you’ve been under a rock for the last few years and haven’t heard, The Hunger Games trilogy is kind of a big deal. The books and movies have created quite a buzz. For my son, Harry Potter was a huge part of his growing up. But for many of today’s tweeners and teens, including my daughter, The Hunger Games series is the storyline that has been part of their growing up years.

And with the second movie coming out in a few months, you can take advantage of the intense interest to introduce a wide variety of social studies topics into your instruction. Geography. Regions. Governmental power. Civic disobedience. Propaganda. Economics. Supply and demand. The list seems endless.

But if you’re stuck a bit coming up with specifics, check out some of the lesson plans, resources, activities, and worksheets listed below:

Hunger Games Lessons
Start here. Has gone commercial a bit but you can still find nice stuff like this lesson comparingThe Hunger Games to The Lottery.

The Odds Ever in Your Favor: Ideas and Resources for Teaching The Hunger Games
Great article with ideas, suggestions, and resources for using the book as a learning tool.

Hunger Games Unit
An entire unit on the Teachers Pay Teachers site. Extensive resources. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it’s worth the $15.99 asking price.

Lesson plans and teaching resources
A sweet list of 13 lessons, links, and materials

Hunger Games Propaganda Posters
A bit tongue in cheek but love the idea. Find even more when you use Google Images. Compare with actual posters from WWI and WWII.

The Hunger Games Challenge
Students use evidence from the text to infer what might have led to Panem, the postapocalyptic world of The Hunger Games with free download.

Hunger Games Resources for Teachers
From Scholastic. They’re trying to sell books but still some nice stuff here. Be sure to check out their Hunger Games Resources page.

The Hunger Games
From Schmoop – the easy to use, 21st century version of Cliff Notes.

And a few extra bonus bits:

Virtual Tour of Panem’s Capital
Interactive and engaging.

Hunger Games Gender Empowerment lesson (pdf)

Hunger Games Advertising / Commercial lessons (pdf)

Hunger Games – Lesson plans, worksheets, and handouts
A quick History Tech post from 2012 just before the first Hunger Games movie was released. Some sweet Panem maps.

Pop Culture, Hunger Games, and Geography
The first HistoryTech Hunger Games conversation.

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  When I first started using Pinterest last summer I didn't quite "get" the fascination of it. OK...so it's a bunch of pictures. Now what? But the more I started pinning images and organizing them on different boards, I realized this simple concept is genius...and addicting! I use sqworl.com as a visual bookmarking site, but Pinterest is so much more. You get a rolling screen of pins from your followers. You can share them on Twitter and Facebook. You can easily repin to your boards. You can comment if you'd like, but interaction isn't necessary.
  And it can be used in education. I've organized boards of images that I wanted to share with my students. Most recently, I've followed my fellow teachers who have created writing-prompt pins. Share one of these with your students each day, each week, once a month...whatever. Or, allow them the choice to pick out which picture prompt they wish to write about. Join the linky party link-up at The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher's blog.
  Here's a great collaborative pin-board that Selina Smith from Classroom Magic and Kathy Wainwright from The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher started with writing prompts: Writing Picture Prompts
  And here's a couple of mine you can add if you have created your own writing-prompt pinboard (click on the images to view larger size):

Image Prompt #1 

(Photo courtesy of Lionsgate Movies via TheCapitol.pn website, screenshot taken by T. Orman)

 Image Prompt #2:

Photo - T. Orman, 2011

WRITING PROMPT: Write about what you think is going on in this photograph. 
Why is the boy near the building? What are the objects in the air? 
Are they coming toward him or moving away? What makes you think so? 

What will happen next? Why?

  Are you using Pinterest? Do you use it for school? Share your links in the comment section below. You can follow me here: http://pinterest.com/mrsorman  I have several Hunger Games themed boards, including my newest one: Hunger Games Freebies Check out all the free lessons!

Thanks to Kathy & Selina for starting both the collaborative board 

AND the link-up party!


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