Monday, 14 November 2011

The Hunger Games

I am thrilled that one of the best trilogies ever written for young teens is being made into an action packed movie. If you have not read the Hunger Games trilogy yet, you must! Even if you do not teach students in Grades 6 to 12 it is still a must read. This book evoked so many emotions and created many thought provoking discussions when I read it to my Grade 6/7 students last year. They could not get enough of it. We even started creating Hunger Games challenges ( I will expand on these in another post) in the classroom.
After finishing the Twilight series I found myself wondering if there was ever going to be another series that would make me want to stay up WAY past my bedtime and skip my t.v. shows just to keep reading. Well Suzanne Collins has given us this rivetting series. I am not sure what I can tell you to convince you to read this trilogy but you must.
Here is a synopsis of the trilogy that I have taken from wikipedia:
The story is set is the area known as Panem, which occupies what used to be known as North America. In post apocalyptic times, the area is divided into 12 districts controlled by dictatorship, in a city known as Capital. Every year, twenty-four teenagers (one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts) are drawn by lottery to play in the "Hunger Games", a gladiator style survival game. The games have only one rule: players may not eat the players who have died, or otherwise commit cannabalism. The twenty-four teens must fight each other; the last player standing is the winner and is rewarded with a life of comfort. The other twenty three players perish in the game.
Katniss Everdeen, from a town called Seam, is the main character and heroine of the book. Katniss is from the poor area of the 12th district. Her involvement in the games comes to be when her sister's name is drawn to be the person to represent District 12. Katniss willingly takes her sister's place, with the knowledge that the 12th district has not won in thirty years. She recognizes that she will have to break this streak or forfeit her life. Katniss later develops feelings for two other contestants, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne.

There are many great teaching resources for this book at if you are wanting to read this book with your class.
Check out these links from Tracee Orman, who has become a Hunger Games phenomenon on Teachers pay Teachers.
Click Here for one of Tracee's free classroom activities for the Hunger Games novel!
Now that I am finished reading this spectacular, adventurous trilogy, I am wondering what the next great series will be that will keep me turning the pages and wanting to stay curled up on the couch all day.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this! I'd heard so much about the Hunger Games, I might just have to read these!

    I had the excuse when my daughter was little to read the Harry Potter books. I'll just have to read them for myself, without any excuses.

    Love your blog!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

  2. I agree this series is an absorbing read and offers so much to think about. I really liked the books and they would be an excellent addition to classes to help engage readers. Great! Carolyn

  3. I too, have just released a Hunger Games Literature Guide! LOVE LOVE LOVE the trilogy! Students who hate to read are reading it! It is just amazing. Have you or your students ever read the Underlander series, called Underlander Chronicles also by Suzanne Collins? They are a little lower level (grades 4-5) and have all the magic of Collins's writing!

    -Kristen Bowers (aka Secondary Solutions)

  4. Kristen I will have to look for the Underlander Chronicles as I am teaching 3/4 this year. Thanks for sharing:)

  5. Suzanne Collins is a wonderful author and I give her a hands down best book I have ever read complement. I honestly cried throughout the whole book. This book is very touching and cant wait to see what they ruin in the movie.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...