This engaging and informative lesson enables students to understand how the lead protagonist of Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games’ – Katniss Everdeen - develops as a character throughout the novel. In doing so, students learn how she develops and acquires the key skills, characteristics, beliefs, and values to become the complete dystopian heroine.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
Comprehending how Katniss is initially introduced to the reader;
Reading extracts from Chapters 3, 7 and 14 of The Hunger Games, identifying how Katniss’ character develops;
Analysing how her character fits the role of the ‘Dystopian Hero/Heroine’, and matching her traits to the different features of this character form;
Applying their understanding by creating their own Dystopian Hero/Heroine;
Self assessing their learning attempts.
Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;’
Extracts from The Hunger Games (from Chapters 3, 7, and 14);
Character Profile for Katniss Everdeen;
Blank Template for Creating a Dystopian Hero/Heroine;
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.
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