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The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins 2008 New York Scholastic Press
About the Author.....
Suzanne Collins has been writing for young audiences since 1991. She has written for television shows such as Little Bear, Oswald, and Clarissa Explains It All. She received a Writers Guild of America nomination in animation for her work on Santa, Baby. Collins is also the author of The Overlander Chronicles, which take the idea of Alice and Wonderland and turn it on its head by bringing it to a more modern, urban setting in which the main character falls down a manhole. Collins currently lives in Connecticut with her family.
About the novel
Genre: Modern Fantasy/Science Fiction/Futuristic Fiction Setting: Panem; a country formed in the ruins of North America. Characters: Katniss, Peeta, Prim, Haymitch, Effie, Rue, Cinna, the Avox, the Distict tributes Plot: Multiple Conflicts: • person against nature: Katniss struggles to meet basic needs. • person against person: The tributes have to fight to the death. • person against society: The Districts fear the annual reaping will one day call the name of a loved one. • person against self: Katniss looses her self in the pursuit to stay alive and portray the sexy girl on fire for the cameras.
Teenage protagonist Katniss Everdeen lives in the futuristic nation of Panem in the ruins of what was the United States.
Government Control Socioeconomics Choices Survival Reality television Role of the Media Family Responsibility Public display of affection Courage Compassion Parallels to present day pop culture Love and relationships Beauty
Content LevelThe Hunger Games is directed towards a teenage audience. Katniss is 16 and has been the provider for her family since she was 12. It is appropriate for 7th 10th grade readers. In a language arts setting, the novel can be analyzed for plot structure and conflict and connected to other works of literature. CrossCurricular Ideas • History/Government How does the war and restructuring of North America into Panem compare to other countries that have restructured after wars and political controversy? What kind of government is Panem? Totalitarian? Fascist? • Survival SkillsWhat skills do Katniss and Peeta have that help them survive nature and their opponents? Where did they learn them? • Biology what plants does Katniss use, and why? What North American plants are toxic? Can you identify which ones she is using?
What is the true purpose of the hunger games? Why are the teenagers selected called "tributes?" What do they contribute, and who gets the benefit? What kind of socioeconomic classes are represented by the characters? (Katniss, Peeta, Gail, Madge, the Mayor, Haymitch, Effie Trinket, Cinna and Portia, the Avox, the tributes from the other districts, ect.) What factor contributes most to Katniss's survival and why? What are some parallels to Panem and present day America? What alliances are formed, and why? Why do people form alliances?
References Collins, S. (2008). The Hunger Games. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. Photos: www.fanpop.com www.suzannecollinsbooks.com www.thehungergames.co.uk