Catching Fire Soundtrack Release: Atlas by Coldplay

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When Taylor Swift released an early gift to Hunger Games fans in the form of her "Safe and Sound" single for the soundtrack, I was ecstatic. I absolutely loved the song instantly and felt it embodied the mood and many events from the novel. 
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When Coldplay's "Atlas" was released for the Catching Fire movie soundtrack, I have to admit I wasn't thrilled with the song. It just doesn't feel right. I'm not opposed to a depressing, slow song, but this one is a snoozer. There's nothing special about it or anything that gives me goosebumps. 

Needless to say, there's always a lesson to be learned, right? So, have your students listen to it as they follow the lyrics. Then ask them:

1. Which event(s) from the novel do the lyrics seem to embody? Why?
2. What kind of mood is created? Do you think the mood created is influenced more by the tone of the music or the tone of the lyrics? Explain.
3. Think about the title of the song. How does that fit with the rest of the lyrics? How does it relate to Catching Fire? Does it seem fitting? Why/why not?
4. Do you think the song fits Catching Fire? Why/why not?

I'd love to hear your feedback on the song. Please comment below.

This post is part of Classroom Connections:
Hunger Games Lessons: Classroom Connections

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