Imagine standing with Katniss, Prim, Gale, and Peeta during the reaping. Imagine having your life left up to the chance of a drawing -- a “reverse” lottery, where having your name drawn is dreaded instead of hoped for.
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is not the only piece of literature to explore this terrifying idea. In fact, Shirley Jackson’s 1948 short story “The Lottery” gives another fascinating treatment of this theme.
In this activity, students will use textual evidence to compare the theme of people’s lives being at risk through a lottery across two texts: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Students will not only be exploring an engaging theme, but they will also be practicing analyzing companion texts from different literary types (a novel and a short story).
The Hunger Games is an incredibly popular and powerful young adult novel. Using it in your classroom can give you the opportunity to explore many important themes and topics while tapping into your students’ interests.
This activity includes both a student assignment handout and an answer key.
NOTE: Looking for more? This activity can also be found in my “The Hunger Games and Influential Texts” resource in my TPT Store, where it is joined by analysis of another related short story.