The electrifying novel, Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, should be one you are already familiar with. If not, where have you been? This is one of the most thrilling examples of strong female characters that I have ever read.
Katniss and her family live in a future world where each year children are thrown into an arena and fight to the death. To save her little sister, Katniss volunteers to be her district’s girl representative. At this point in the story, Katniss is a girl who breaks the rules to help her family survive. She is independent and strong outside, but inside she is not as sure of herself.
In the arena, Katniss continues to break rules. She does what she needs to do, but she also makes friends and creates a romance that has to appear real, but that she denies. Deep inside, however, she does have feelings for Pita and knows that only one of them can win. When it gets to that point, Katniss again breaks the rules.
This book not only will never let you put it down, it will make you want to stop breathing until you reach the end. Make sure you have the next two books nearby when you finish Hunger Games because you won’t want to wait an instant before reading on.
March 19, 2013: Here’s an awesome persuasive essay of Hunger Games done by two of my students for Novel Madness 2013
by Kayla and Caroline
Imagine silently flying through the woods, barely touching the pine needles that litter the ground, with a bow and arrow strapped to your back, while fireballs catapult toward you. You glance up as your mom calls your name from downstairs. Oh right, you were just reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Some people might think that The Hobbit is an interesting book; however, everyone knows The Hunger Games has a very thrilling plot that entices anyone that reads it. This book is superior because it is completely unexpected, is very relatable, and teaches readers important lessons about making life-altering choices.
Although a couple people may say that The Hobbit has a good storyline, more people know The Hunger Games is entirely unexpected. Throughout the book, Suzanne Collins included numerous surprising events that no one would be able to guess. This keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, asking what will happen next. For example, mechanical mutts made in the Capitol ambushed the main characters, Katniss and Peeta, during the Games. This came as a huge shock because they found out that the mutts had the same eyes as the dead tributes. A review on “Goodreads” states that The Hunger Games contains many earth-shattering shocks. Although the earth may not actually break into pieces because of this book, your heart just might.
A few people may think The Hobbit is a likable book; however, everyone knows The Hunger Games is very relatable. Since this book has SO many significant characters, both main and supporting, it is fairly easy to connect to any of them. For example, you can relate to Cinna, Katniss’s stylist, with his gold eyeliner and refusal to fully support the Capitol or Rue, Katniss’s first ally. The Hunger Games has been recognized for its descriptive language. During the whole book, you feel as if you’re in the Games. Since it’s in the first person perspective, it’s really easy to get inside Katniss’s head and know what she thinks about her whole ordeal.
Even though some people might feel The Hobbit is a good read, The Hunger Games teaches an important lesson. Throughout the story, Katniss has to make some difficult choices that could change her life. She had to decide to volunteer as a tribute in her sister’s place, as well as other decisions. Katniss learned to trust others and listened to her heart. These are important characteristics because, for one, trust is a very valuable trait. Listening to yourself, and not others, can lead to making the right choices for you personally. Do you think that our opposing book can teach these kinds of things?
You can clearly imagine every scene in this book. The Hunger Games is a five-star book because it is completely unexpected, is very relatable, and teaches readers important lessons. You won’t want to miss this amazing novel. So we know what we’re going to vote for, but do you?
Hunger Games Essay Topics will get learners engaging with meaningful topics the novel raises:
a. Coming of Age and Responsibility
b. Friendship and Loyalty
c. Teenage Love
d. Image and Beauty
e. Courage to Confront the World & Do What’s Right
f. Good vs. Evil
g. Prejudice and Freedom
h. Corruption of Government
i. Influence of the Media
l. Reality vs. Illusion
NOVEL: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1
This resource can be purchased as part of The HUNGER GAMES Unit Teaching Package bundle.
Students will choose to write about 1 of 12 themes from the novel. This 6-page handout gives them the 12 thematic topics, some writing ideas, suggestions about the writing process, and a grading rubric to work from.
* 12 Topics
* Grading Rubrics for Essays and Speeches
* Speech Analysis for Listeners
Enjoy The Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!
OTHER HUNGER GAMES RESOURCES:
> HUNGER GAMES Unit Teaching Package (by Suzanne Collins)
> Introduction to Utopias PowerPoint
> Study Guide Entire Novel (groupwork and short answers)
> Study Guide Chapters 1-6 (groupwork and short answers)
> Study Guide Chapters 7-12 (groupwork and short answers)
> Study Guide Chapters 13-18 (groupwork and short answers)
> Study Guide Chapters 19-27 (groupwork and short answers)
> Plot Chart Organizer Diagram Arc (by Suzanne Collins)
> Conflict Graphic Organizer - 6 Types of Conflict
> Character Names Meanings Organizer
> Character Names Meanings PowerPoint
> Journal - Quickwrite Writing Prompts - PowerPoint
> Persuasive Essay 12 Themes
> Persuasive Essay 12 Theme Tracker
> Vocabulary Word List
> Vocabulary Quiz
> 27 Pop Quizzes (5 comprehension questions per chapter)
> 27 Pop Quizzes (printable assessments)
> Movie vs. Novel Comparison
OTHER NOVEL UNITS:
> ANNE FRANK Unit Teaching Package
> BUD, NOT BUDDY Unit Teaching Package (by Christopher Paul Curtis)
> CATCHER IN THE RYE Unit Teaching Package (by J.D. Salinger)
> CHRISTMAS CAROL Unit Teaching Package (by Charles Dickens)
> DIVERGENT Unit Teaching Package (by Veronica Roth)
> ENDER'S GAME Unit Teaching Package (by Orson Scott Card)
> FAHRENHEIT 451 Unit Teaching Package (by Ray Bradbury)
> FAULT IN OUR STARS Unit Teaching Package (by John Green)
> FREAK THE MIGHTY Unit Teaching Package (by Rodman Philbrick)
> GIVER Unit Teaching Package (by Lois Lowry)
> GREAT GATSBY Unit Teaching Package (by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
> HATCHET Unit Teaching Package (by Gary Paulsen)
> HOLES Unit Teaching Package (by Louis Sachar)
> HUNGER GAMES Unit Teaching Package (by Suzanne Collins)
> IF I STAY Unit Teaching Package (by Gayle Forman)
> JULIUS CAESAR Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare)
> LORD OF THE FLIES Unit Teaching Package (by William Golding)
> MAZE RUNNER Unit Teaching Package (by James Dashner)
> NIGHT Unit Teaching Package (by Elie Wiesel)
> NUMBER THE STARS Unit Teaching Package (by Lois Lowry)
> OF MICE AND MEN Unit Teaching Package (by John Steinbeck)
> OUTSIDERS Unit Teaching Package (by S.E. Hinton)
> ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY Unit Teaching Package (by Mildred Taylor)
> ROMEO AND JULIET Unit Teaching Package (by William Shakespeare)
> TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Unit Teaching Package (by Harper Lee)
> UNWIND Unit Teaching Package by Neal Shusterman
> WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM Unit Teaching Package
> WONDER Unit Teaching Package
> Poetry Unit Complete PowerPoint and Packet - Genres, Forms, Techniques, Devices
> Commas Complete Unit - Lessons, Assessments, Answer Keys - Grammar Ninja
> Parts of Speech Complete Unit - Lessons, Assessments, Answers - Grammar Ninja
> Subjects Verbs Complete Unit - Lessons, Assessments, Answer Keys - Grammar Ninja