There are great wealth disparities in Panem, where some citizens feast lavishly while others starve in the streets. Unfortunately, this type of economic and class divide is not a fictional concept; it is a reality in countries and communities all over the world today.
In this activity, students will use textual evidence to compare the themes of poverty and class struggle across three readings: The Hunger Games novel by Suzanne Collins and two news articles. Students will not only be exploring vital and relevant themes, but they will also be practicing analyzing companion texts from different literary types (novel, news article / nonfiction informational text).
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 (which includes questions, writing prompts, and a graphic organizer) and an answer key.