Hunger Games - Essay Project

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6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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As students read The Hunger Games novel I have them take notes of quotes or summaries of events that illustrate how the world in the novel is a dystopia with a totalitarian government. They write down the quote or summary, the page and chapter numbers, and their name. They stick the post-it note on a class poster which servers as our "wall" of textual evidence. Each post-it note is a brick. They discuss their notes in small groups before adding them to the poster.

Along with the way I periodically have them choose three of the their post-it notes to write a paragraph about explaining how that quote or summary proves the novel is a dystopia with a totalitarian government.

At the end of our novel unit they take those post-it notes and paragraphs and turn them into an essay over them theme of the novel, specifically explaining how Katniss challenges these totalitarian characteristics as she fights to have agency over her own life and retain her individuality despite the state’s attempt to squash it and make her conform or die. They should use the textual evidence they collected on post-it notes and the graphic organizer. It all leads into the essay and serves as planning their evidence and analysis.

Included here are my three handouts: The handout explaining how to do the post-it notes and the characteristics to look for, the graphic organizer to expand those notes into an analysis, and the essay prompt with rubric.

I made it in Pages and exported it into a PDF file. You get the PDF file, my original Pages file, and an exported Word version (it doesn't look as good in Word as the formatting might be off). You can just use the PDF or you can edit one of the other files to customize it for your needs.
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3 pages
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