This engaging and informative lesson enables students to understand the key messages communicated by Suzanne Collins throughout ‘The Hunger Games.’ Students gain knowledge about Collins’ life, influences, and beliefs, in addition to developing their understanding of the other contextual features of the novel. They link this knowledge to what they read in several extracts from the text.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
Gaining knowledge Suzanne Collins’ life in order to understand her influences in writing the novel;
Researching features of social and cultural context;
Linking their knowledge about Collins’ life and their understanding of context to what they read in extracts from the text (extracts from Chapters 1, 18, and 27);
Determining Collins’ key messages in writing the text;
Arguing the extent to which they agree with Collins’ key ideas;
Self assessing their learning attempts.
Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;’
Extracts from The Hunger Games (from Chapters 1, 18, and 27);
Essay template for the writing to argue piece;
Writing to argue helpsheet;
A comprehensive lesson plan;
All resources are provided in Word (for easy editing) and PDF (to ensure formatting remains fixed between different computers).
There are also opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with year 8 classes, however colleagues have used them for between years 5 and 10 with some adaptations.
Please note that students will need internet access for the introductory research task. All images are licensed for commercial use, and image rights are listed on the last page of the presentation.