Successful Teaching of The Hunger Games!

I've been wanting to share the stories I receive from teachers all over the country (and world!) about how they have had great success teaching The Hunger Games to their students (or reading it with their students). Please send me your links, pictures, stories, etc. Or comment below with a link, if you'd like.  Let's share our success stories! Here's a collection of articles teachers have shared with me:

*  * IN THE NEWS *  *
Classrooms using The Hunger Games with Success

Do you have a news story to add? Drop me a line so I can add it here.  

Have your students participate in English teacher Jen Scott Curwood's newest research project on how teens are using The Hunger Games to improve literacy. It's a worthy project that would reinforce what we already believe: The Hunger Games is one of the best books to fully engage our students! 
Read more about her project on literacy and fan culture.

Read her post on using creative projects in class.

*  * Class Reaping, Training, and Mock Games *  *

Want to host a Hunger Games event at your school? You can start with a class reaping, but see how Bristol Eastern High School (CT) librarian 
Ms. Kenney created this awesome school-wide event:

Do you have a class reaping or mock Games to add? Drop me an email so I can add it here.

*  * Hunger Games Creative Projects *  *

Read about Ms. L's awesome experience with her students here: 
 Ms. L's Hunger Games Project & Pictures

Mor from A Teacher's Treasure shared her wonderful 8th grade students' Hunger Games projects here:
And these great Hunger Games "secret door" foldables

As I shared in an earlier post, Mrs. Cobb had great success with her students, as seen with the Facebook lesson and re-creating the arena:

 And teacher Lenzi Hart also had success using the project ideas, shown here:

Jamie Waites from Sonora High School shared pictures of her students' work on the Opening Ceremony costumes. Each student was assigned a district and had to sketch the design. Her honors students took it a step further and actually created the designs! What a great project:

Ms. Waites was generous enough to share her templates she used with you. You can download them {HERE} and {HERE}. Thanks, Jamie!
To download, you'll need to go to the "File" drop-down menu and save a copy or download original.
SHOW THEM EXAMPLES FIRST: Ms. Christine Kent shared the Hunger Games page from, "InStyle magazine has had real-world designers put pencil to paper and design their own version of Katniss’ outfit...There are designers like BCBG Generations involved and 12 different designs – some very simplistic and some really over the top.  They would make really great examples for this kind of project." 
I agree! Thanks so much for sharing, Christine!
Click {HERE} to see the 12 different designs.

*  * Using The Hunger Games in Other Content Areas *  *

From Mr. Neil Krasnoff's School Technology Paradise: 
Using Hunger Games to Get Students Ready for Biology Test
This is a great lesson for students to search for context clues and make comparisons. He listed a step-by-step guide for teachers and even has a presentation he will share. Thank you, Mr. Krasnoff!  

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Do you have class projects you'd like to add? Drop me an email so I can add it here.

*  * Examples From My Classroom *  *
You can read more about how I began teaching The Hunger Games {HERE}. Below, I'd like to share some of my students' projects with you. I also have several separate posts for our {CLASS REAPING GAMES} and a SLIDESHOW of CLASS GAMES:

Some of my student example projects {MORE HERE}...and SLIDESHOW of STUDENT PROJECTS:

I am still working on my student to release his "rap" version of Rue's Lullaby (or "The Meadow Song"). He's a little shy and doesn't think it's worthy (but it is!). He created it using Garage Band on his MacBook Pro.

Here's an example of the Capitol Mutts project one of my students completed (this is just one of his pages):
As we read Catching Fire, my students had a lot of fun creating iTunes Playlists for the characters. We picked and chose the best songs for one final class compilation. I think it turned out pretty well:

A favorite activity of my students during Mockingjay was the silver parachute recreation. This activity could be done while reading any of the books; we completed it after reading chapter 3 (in the beginning we see that she has the pearl and spile wrapped in the silver parachute as momentos of Peeta and the Games). Each student had string, tin foil, and a napkin. I also gave them a synthetic pearl to place inside (to represent Peeta's gift to Katniss).

They had about 10 minutes to construct a homemade parachute before we threw them off the mezzanine balcony in the gym. As an added element, the student whose parachute held up and actually "floated" received some candy and a Mockingjay pencil. The students had fun and it gave them an opportunity to do something hands-on (and leave the classroom, even if it was only for a few minutes). I wish I had brought my time!

Which activities are your students' favorites? 
Comment below or send me your story/pics to post.


  1. I was wondering how you guys introduced Hunger Games. I'm really excited to start, but I'm a student teacher, and just a little overwhelmed at the moment. I bought your CD--thank you!

  2. Hi Katie! I still get nervous/unsure/overwhelmed when I teach something for the very first time, so that is completely natural!

    I like to give my students some background information about the book/author first. If you have the CD, you can use the introduction PPT. But if you don't have access to computer/projector, here's another great activity you can use (I use it to introduce TKaM every year):

    Give each student 2 post-it notes. You are going to read a "story" (see below) and while you are reading, they should write 3 facts from what you read. (It could be anything.)

    The second time you read it, have them write down 3 questions they have or 3 things want to learn.

    Share by having students "post" their post-its on the board (or preserve them on a poster-board to refer to later in the novel...see how long it takes for all the students' questions to be answered). You can also preserve it by taking a digital picture of the board. I do this a lot & refer back to past year's boards for many things. (It's great to preserve notes written on the board, too, for absent students.)

    For the "story" you read, write up some things about The Hunger Games that you want them to know, that will spark an interest, yet leave unanswered questions. Here's an example:

    This is the story of a 16-year old girl who sneaks out to the woods to hunt. She has a little sister she adores and she'd do anything for her.

    Every year the youth of her country participate in a drawing for a chance to win a house and a lifetime of luxury. But most kids hope their names aren't drawn.

    (This is just a short example - you can make it longer and add more details.)

    Some facts students may write might be:
    1. girl is 16
    2. hunts
    3. has little sister
    4. adores sister
    5. participates in drawing
    6. could win life of luxury
    7. could win house

    Some questions they may have:
    1. Why does she have to sneak out to hunt?
    2. Why does she hunt?
    3. How does she hunt? (Type of weapon)
    4. What is her name?
    5. How old is her sister?
    6. Does she have a boyfriend?
    7. Where do they live?
    8. Why don't kids want their names drawn?

    I love this activity because they get excited about the story, but key facts are not given away (you don't want to spoil it for them).

    Good luck, Katie!

  3. Hi! I'm a student and was wonder how you introduced The Hunger Games to you're school board? Also I doing an essay on the Hunger Games and those who have sucessfully thought it in schools and would LOVE to interview you for it!
    Thanks,Katie (different Katie)

  4. Hi Katie,
    Fortunately I did not have to get permission from the school board to teach the novel. I read it one weekend in 2009, went to my principal that Monday & told him I needed this book for my general English class, and he approved a purchase of 10 books for me that day. I let our department head know and she was perfectly fine. I do teach at a high school and we have not had any complaints. In fact, many parents have read the book because their kids were telling them how great it is. I feel bad for teachers who have had resistance because it is such a great novel to teach. You can email me at if you'd like. :) Thanks, Katie! -Tracee

  5. SO exciting! I actually am right down the road from Etowah high school. I teach at Woodstock and taught the Hunger Games to my students using your lesson plans. I just wrote an article to be published on GPBS online that mentions your lesson plans. I will share as soon as it makes print! ;) Your lesson plans were amazing!

    1. Ckinneer - That is so great! Please share the link when it is printed. :) Thanks so much & thanks for sharing your success. Woodstock is lucky to have you! -Tracee

  6. I had no idea how many teachers were using The Hunger Games as a teaching tool until the orders start pouring in for my fan art posters, bookmarks and decals. This is a great way to get more kids to read! Keep up the great work.

    1. It's a wonderful book to teach because it's so engaging, yet has all the things English teachers love: strong themes, symbolism, interesting and authentic dialogue, etc. Thanks for stopping by, Blue Leaf!

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