Why Teach The Hunger Games?

I could probably list a thousand reasons why teaching The Hunger Games novel (and trilogy) can be a rewarding experience in your classroom.   Instead, I'm going to have my students respond to this and post their reasons here. Some responded with what they liked about the book or their favorite characters, and others posted about the overall novel.  If you'd like to read a condensed version of why I choose to teach The Hunger Games trilogy, read my post Teaching The Hunger Games.

Please keep in mind that my students are teenagers, mostly boys. And they had been arguing for days about who had a better chance of getting a date with Katniss Everdeen before I collected these responses. I did remind them that she was a fictional character, but that seemed irrelevant. They are freshmen boys. Does that explain it enough?

Katniss Everdeen is the ultimate protagonist; both boys and girls love her.
Student Responses Regarding Reading The Hunger Games in English I Class
 "I liked reading The Hunger Games because I think Katniss is pretty cool. I can relate the most with Peeta because he is attracted to her and so am I.  She is good at shooting a bow and she's pretty brave to take her sister's place and take the chance that she will probably die.  I love to hunt, so if I could take anyone with me to go deer hunting, I would choose Katniss Everdeen."

"I think The Hunger Games is one of the best books I've read because I never wanted to stop reading it. And I really hate to read."

"My favorite character in The Hunger Games was Primrose. Not because she plays a big role in the book, but because as we were reading it and Katniss left for the Games, I felt strongly about how Prim was feeling. My brother left and moved to Texas and I felt heartbroken because I've always been close to him.  I know exactly how Prim feels: empty, like she is never going to see her sister again. That is how I felt about my brother. There is not a day I don't think about him and I know Prim is the same with Katniss. And Katniss thinks of Prim, too.  Prim probably didn't think Katniss would win and come home. But when she did, she probably cried and hugged her.  My brother finally came home and I cried and hugged him.  And now he might have to go back and it is breaking my heart."

"I really like Katniss Everdeen. I think she is hot. I want to take her on a date and go hunting for a date. We would kill squirrels and bears and catch fish to eat for dinner. I would make her a fire and roast marshmallows and make smores for our dessert. This book was fun to read because she is hot and I can relate to Peeta because I'm good at camouflage and can lift a lot of weights. So I think if she met me, she would choose me."

"All my classmates think that they have a shot with Katniss Everdeen. Well, I'm here to tell them they don't. First of all, I'm a lot more like Peeta Mellark than they are. So I would do a better job of protecting her. I can cook anything, I wrestle, I'm strong, I have good hand strength, and I'm just as smart as Peeta. Oh, and I'm pretty good at camo, too. I have blond hair, blue eyes, and I'm broad shouldered. And I would do everything I could to protect Katniss. Those guys just want to kiss her. They aren't really looking out for what she wants. She just wants to survive and get home to her sister and mom. And since I think I am too, I think they should put me in the movie to play Peeta. Then I can get a real kiss from Katniss Everdeen after I save her life."

"I hate hunting, but I really liked the parts in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire when Katniss was in the Capitol and eating all the fancy food and wearing the cool dresses. Even though she's not a girly-girl, I think she liked getting seeing what Cinna designed and how she looked and felt in the dresses."

"Katniss is the ultimate protagonist because she's really fierce, but she's also beautiful but not conceited about it. Like she doesn't know how hot she is. And she can hold her own, too. It's pretty awesome we all like her and the girls like her, too. Usually girls hate other beautiful girls because they're jealous, but it's different with Katniss. They like her, too. I don't know how the author did that, but it worked."

"When we were reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire in class I didn't want to leave class when the bell rang. I've never said that about any English class or about reading any other books. But I wanted to stay and see what happened next. I didn't even want to go to shop class and that's my favorite class."

"Katniss hunts. Do I need to say anything more? That is the hottest thing ever."

"The books are really interesting. They appeal to all of us. There wasn't anyone in our class who didn't like The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, or Mockingjay. I don't think any other books appeal to every one of us because we are so different. I mean, you look at our class and we have people who are complete opposites of each other."

"I don't know why everybody thinks Katniss should be with Peeta. She really should be with Gale. But besides that, I really liked reading these books. And it's funny to listen to the boys in our class argue over Katniss. Like she's even real! And like she would choose any of them!  Ha! But it really made coming to class fun because at least I knew we had one period a day where they wouldn't be acting like idiots and getting in trouble."

"I don't think the books are as violent as people think they are. Yeah, there's violence. But we have read worse before. And it isn't like violence is made to be cool or anything like that. When Katniss has to kill, it's not like we cheer. I mean, we feel bad. I think that's what it has to be like for soldiers who go over to Iraq. I don't think deep down they really want to kill anyone and they have to feel bad and have bad dreams after they took someone's life. I think reading the books made me think more about life and how easy it could be gone. Not just my life but anyone's life.  If more people read The Hunger Games books, maybe they would appreciate their lives more and other people's lives, too."

The following responses are from my sophomores (both regular/honors students). They were asked to summarize why they liked or didn't like The Hunger Games in one or two sentences (I had ZERO responses for dislikes):

"I liked The Hunger Games because it was suspenseful. Anyone who likes survival stories will like it."

"I'm really excited for the movie. I liked Katniss's story because I could picture it in my head as I read. Hey, that rhymes. :D"

"I liked it because it has a lot of action and kept me on the edge of my seat. And Gale is sooooo hot!"

"I Liked The Hunger Games because of the way it was written. It was full of suspense and excitement. The characters are also very interesting. This was one of those books that I had a movie going on in my head throughout the entire story."

"The book made me want to slap Katniss. Why can't she figure it out? I want to scream at her 'cause she drove me crazy. That's how I know it's a good book. When it makes me feel so...........intense toward a character."

"I loved the dresses Cinna designed. That's what I want to do."

"I recommend The Hunger Games to anyone who wants to read a really good book that you can't put down because I could not put it down once I started reading it even though it might have messed me up on some of the quizzes because I read ahead it was worth it because it was interesting and different from other books we read in class."

"I liked The Hunger Games because of all the action and the not-knowing-the-next-thing-that-will-happen (suspense) feeling. I would recommend this to people who like action."

"I liked it because it was kinda about future gladiator fights."

"I don't really like to read, as you know. But when you kept posting all those pictures each day of the actors who were going to play the characters, it made me want to read it. I love Liam Hemsworth. So I had to find out more about this Gale dude. Then I didn't want to stop reading it. So does she hook up with Gale when they get home? God, I hate that I have to read another book to find out, but you have left me no choice!!! Can I check it out over the summer? Please?"

And one of my students wanted to write a letter to the author, Suzanne Collins, expressing what the book meant to her. This wasn't an assignment; she said she just wanted to express to Ms. Collins what an impact The Hunger Games has had on her:

"Dear Mrs. Suzanne Collins,
  I am currently reading The Hunger Games in my English II class. Prior to reading the book, I couldn't figure out why our teacher was so fanatic about it or what it was that made her rant and rave about how good it was. She was even to the point of counting down the days until the movie premier, which occurs next year. It took me about twopages in the book to remember why it was I used to read books and enjoyed reading books. You didn't hesitate a moment, or waste a page of space before you were vividly explaining every detail of the characters, where they come from, and what it is that makes them who they are, leaving nothing out.
  If I had to describe who I am and the way I talk, I'd have to say my that my words are a little out of order sometimes; I like to take an ordinary sentence and mix it up a bit. For instance, instead of saying, 'Hi, what's up?' I would probably say something a little more along the lines of 'Hello! And what might you be doing today?' Since this most likely seems completely off-topic from your book, it's quite clear. Your style of writing is so easy for me to follow, and I don't find myself dozing off thinking about other things and having to read pages over again to refresh my memory about what I'd skimmed over. Instead, I'm lost deep within each page, eager to flip to the next.
  Many of my classmates and I have had no problem keeping our studies up to date. The majority of us are actually having trouble hanging back and refraining from reading on past our nightly-assigned chapters. Once nearly everyone was on the ball rolling, Mrs. Orman has had close to no explaining as to what was happening in the book. I believe that your book might have gotten some kids back into reading as it has for me, and encouraged us to read the next ones in the series!
Sincerely,
B.C."

54 comments:

  1. omg i cant beleive she choses petta in the end

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. games are often entertaining, helping people forget their tiredness, when I play Hungry Dragon MOD APK I can control my hunger.

      Delete
  2. We need more teachers like this. The ones who get really involved in the book and have class discussions. Too many teachers just throw a book at you not knowing anything about it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. this is theeeee best book ever!!! I've read the whole series twice!!! 48 days until the movie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can refer to the Brawl Stars Mod Apk game when this is a great hunger control game, when I am also using this measure.

      Delete
  4. 11 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Personally, I found The Hunger Games to be a very strange book/series. At first, when all my friends were reading it, I refused because I thought the whole plot was completely disgusting. Like, who wants to read about kids killing kids? But when I eventually gave in and read the series, I was surprised to find that the books are extremely powerful. They made me think about war and mankind and our society in general, in a whole new way! I learned so much from those books, and they are definitely unique. I wouldn't say I loved the way it was written though. I found some of the characters hard to picture in my head because they were not described very well. I guess what I'm saying is; Collins' idea is very interesting and frightening at the same time, but I have read other books that were written a lot better. But don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed The Hunger Games very much and loved the movie, although it was extremely disturbing. It was one of the only book series that truly made me think about what this world is coming to and realize how fragile our society really is. The Hunger Games left me with very unsettling but true thoughts, and that is why I love and hate it at the same time.

    ReplyDelete
  6. "kids killing kids?".....Ever heard of Lord of the Flies?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I would have much rather read the Hunger Games in school as opposed to Animal Farm. The book represents communism far better than any other book I had to read in school.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm a 7th grade teacher who has PUSHED to get The Hunger Games into our curriculum next year. I can't wait! I am using this site to show WHY it will be such a powerful book. Definitely one of my new favorite series.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Like quite a few parents, I was made aware of the popularity of the Suzanne Collins' trilogy through my own children. Between career and home, I simply didn't have the time to put into reading the trilogy but I agreed to take the kids to the movie. Today, I am completely absorbed by anything to do with the trilogy. I read the books nearly non-stop neglecting sleep for several nights. The Hunger Games immediately resonated with me on several levels. Collins' depiction of life under totalitarianism is accurate. My parents are Chinese. She has it right.
    As a student of history, I was hugely impressed by Collins' mastery of the political and military aspects of her tale as it played out in the plot line and in the characters of her work.
    The core of the story is however relational. We see it in the love triangle of Gale-Katniss-Peeta. We see it in Katniss total devotion to her sister Prim. Ultimately, it is her relationship with surrogate sister Rue that sparks the rebellion. Indeed, as the T-shirts proclaim, "Love changes everything". Love, here however is agape, not merely romantic.
    As dark and awful is the world of Panem, the reader/audience is allowed the small luxury of hope in the person of Katniss Everdeen. She carries us with her through poverty, cruel brutality, war's desolation and separation from loved ones. We see in her the best aspects of ourselves and at times maybe the worst too. The first person perspective of the book cements our identification with Katniss.
    Katniss' choice of Peeta Mellark makes complete sense when in Mockingjay we see the moral ambiguity of war take Gale as victim. Gale allowed himself to be changed by his circumstance beyond where he or Katniss should go. In contrast, Peeta's foresight and guardedness on the eve of the 74th Games allowed him to remain at his core intact. Tracker Jacket venom and brainwashing notwithstanding, at the end he has stayed true to himself.
    Katniss Everdeen does not emerge unscathed either. It was heart wrenching to see her bear up under the vicissitudes of war returning to a world see can barely recognize and apart from all those she loved save one. The emotional gravity at the end read like that of so many of our combat veterans; many who are still teens fighting in wars far from our shores.
    Suzanne Collins' accomplishment in the Hunger Games is astonishing and well worth study. She has contributed significantly to the education of entire generations of readers who have no other knowledge of the terrible lessons hidden away in history books usually written as didactic works. Collins' has made history accessible and personal. For that, all of us owe her our gratitude.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I had an interest in reading this series as soon as the first book was published, but being an English teacher, I constantly found myself neglecting what I wanted to read for the novels I was obligated to teach. Being a former avid reader, it took joining a book club this past fall to reignite my passion for expanding my own library. I was told repeatedly that this was "an easy read", but I had no idea just how addicting the series could be until I realized I had devoured all 3 books in a matter of 10 days this December.
    I thought I would have a hard time getting through the books because I'm not typically a fan of stories written in the first person perspective, but I think it was a necessary decision in order to make Katniss an engaging character. This is one place I feel where the movie fell short. (Even my husband said it was hard to become emotionally invested in the characters in the film adaptation.)
    That being said, I tease my husband about getting attached to characters in the various fantasy series he reads, but I was absolutely devistated when I finished Mockingjay. I felt like I was saying goodbye to an old friend. I didn't want to start any new books because I felt I was betraying Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and all of my other beloved characters.
    This story has had a profound impact on my life. Above all, Suzanne Collins has inspired me to read for pleasure again, as well as reignite my passion for writing. I have encouraged countless other people to read these books, and I have been given the privledge to teach Hunger Games in my English 7-8 class this spring.
    I was enticed to visit this page when I stumbled upon the question "Is the message of The Hunger Games lost on those who haven't read the books?" I cannot wait to share some of the information on this site with my relucant readers, and I look forward to collecting reviews from my own students when we are finished.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply! I have had a similar experience with this book and am so glad you share the same passion.

      Delete
  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  12. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I do think this is a great site. I Game it ;) I'm going to revisit once again since i have saved as a favorite it. Money and freedom is the best way to change

    ReplyDelete
  14. Kingboost is a company of avid gamers who have decided to create their own service to help in the online game World of Warcraft. They WoW Boost help busy people have up-to-date equipment at the best prices on the market.

    ReplyDelete
  15. All of our League of Legends accounts are new and have been leveled especially for our customers, so you have the chance of a complete restart with an untouched MMR of ranked games.buy lol smurf account

    ReplyDelete
  16. If you are a gaming lover then you must have already been aware of the Top gaming mice, and in case if you are not aware then we are here to make you aware the best options. web

    ReplyDelete

  17. You've made some good points there. I looked on the internet for additional information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website. stream vods

    ReplyDelete
  18. We are a hosting company for gamers by gamers. We serve games that nobody else has, with the fastest support time. We prioritize security and reliability.For more detail check our website valheim server host

    ReplyDelete
  19. If you want to play Red Alert online with friends, family or with other gamers, here is how to get started right now! This is the best, fastest way to do it using the OpenRA free open source software!
    play red alert online

    ReplyDelete
  20. Vbucksmania is the most trusted & used free v bucks generator on the internet . we are proud to help more than 2000 fortnite players get free vbucks everyday . we also offer free fortnite skins . all this is thanks to our sponsors.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Minewind is an enhanced-vanilla Minecraft Server List. Where people have virtually no rules to fight, anything but cheating goes. Kill players, grief, use deception and play the way you...

    ReplyDelete
  22. You are so interesting! I don't believe I've truly read through anything like that before. So wonderful to discover another person with a few unique thoughts on this issue. Minecraft Server List

    ReplyDelete
  23. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me dinner due to the fact that I found it for him dodge

    ReplyDelete
  24. Having read this I believed it was extremely informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this content together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what,see it was still worth it!

    ReplyDelete
  25. The final fantasy XIV game is liked by numerous gaming fanatics, plus they can utilize a dependable site known as MMOGAH to get the ffxiv gil in the game. Far better is to click the link or pay a visit to our established website to uncover more about ffxiv gil .

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm impressed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that's both educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. Now I'm very happy I stumbled across this during my hunt for something regarding this. missiles this Link

    ReplyDelete
  27. You made some decent points there. I looked on the web for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site. handheld game console

    ReplyDelete
  28. I really like reading an article that can make men and women think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment! url

    ReplyDelete
  29. It’s hard to come by well-informed people for this topic, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks url

    ReplyDelete
  30. Aw, this was a really nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to produce a really good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don't seem to get anything done.url

    ReplyDelete
  31. Good day! I just want to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent info you have right here on this post. I will be coming back to your site for more soon. play free html games

    ReplyDelete
  32. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Thanks for this. I really like what you've posted here and wished you the best of luck with this blog!
    igoal88 สมัคร

    ReplyDelete
  34. Take part in amazing Minecraft online. The best multiplayer experience Minecraft has to offer - A complete list of coordinated events, ranging from Server resets & releases to parties, games, wars, video filming, and YouTuber streamings! minecraft server new map

    ReplyDelete
  35. Watch and Download world's famous Turkish action drama Kurulus Osman Season 3 in English on link below
    👇
    Kurulus Osman Season 3

    Kurulus Osman Season 3 Episode 1
    On link below
    Kurulus Osman Season 3 Episode 1

    Crypto trading course
    👇
    Crypto quantum leap

    YouTube course
    Be a professional YouTuber and start your carrier
    Tube Mastery and Monetization by matt

    ReplyDelete
  36. The Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi announced the 11th Class Public Textbook 2023. Hence, all the students who appeared for the Public Exams can Download their Study Material 2023 now. Hence, CBSE 11th Study Material 2023 click given below for CBSE Class 11th Textbook 2023 for Public Exams 2023. For any queries and complaints regarding the CBSE 11th Class Study Material 2023 visit the Official CBSE Website.

    ReplyDelete
  37. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  38. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  39. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  40. I Personally Love Survival Concept,




    One of them is Viking Afterlife game Valheim



    Today I Write About PC Game Valheim






    Valheim Gamepaly
    Viking warriors from the unknown North gazed at the glittering southern kingdoms with longing in their hearts. The brave men and women set out on long, perilous voyages in search of a new homeland. As their longships made their way across stormy seas, these brave souls wondered if they would ever return home. Or would they die alone in an uncharted wilderness? They called that land Valhöll. It was a beautiful country where the gods had blessed the land and its people with riches beyond measure. Now, it is your chance to lead the Vikings on their new adventure to Valhöll. Play as one of the brave Vikings and build your army to conquer the new land. Collect aid from friendly clans and forge alliances with rivals to become the greatest leader of the Vikings.

    Valheim Gameplay best features


    Explore Viking Afterlife


    Streamlined crafting system - The crafting system in Valheim is streamlined, but that does not mean it does not have depth. Crafted items can be combined to create new items, with multiple different items sharing the same crafting station. The inventory system is also streamlined. Combinations of items can be used to unlock special effects on crafted items and create new items.

    Huge worlds to explore - The world of Valheim is huge and filled with secrets. The world is procedurally generated, meaning that no two world maps will ever be the same. There are large dungeons and overworld areas filled with exploration waiting to be discovered. The world of Valheim is completely explorable which allows for more creative gameplay. Exploration can be used to find crafting items, access new areas, and find secrets. Each enemy and interactive object in the world has a chance to drop loot when they are killed.

    Creative building mechanics - The building mechanic in Valheim is a block-based system. The building mechanics in Valheim allow players to create elaborate structures. There are no restrictions in terms of building height or length. Players can build whatever they want. This simple but creative mechanic allows for more creativity and a more immersive experience.


    * For Best Valheim Gameplay make sure that the computer meets necessary requirements.

    Minimum PC requirements

    OS: Windows 7 or above (64-bit)
    Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad Core or above
    Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Graphics: GeForce GTX 950 or Radeon HD 7970 or above
    DirectX: Version 11
    Storage: 1GB available space

    Recommended PC requirements

    OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Processor: i5 3GHz or Ryzen 5 3GHz or above
    Memory: 16 GB RAM
    Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 580 or above
    DirectX: Version 11
    Storage: 1GB available space


    Phew, That was long gametime, i will try Hunger Games Now

    ReplyDelete
  41. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  42. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete

For you, the three-finger silent salute...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...