Upon my post-unit reflection, there are three excellent reasons to teach The Hunger Games:
1) The Hunger Games Motivates Reluctant Readers:
First it was Harry Potter and then Twilight. Every few years a magical book comes around that has the ability to captivate even the most reluctant of readers. The Hunger Games is such a book. It’s an intoxicating combination of action, suspense, philosophy, and romance that packs a literary punch. Alongside its action-packed plot, is a profound thematic message about discovering what you truly believe and how far you are willing to fight for your beliefs.
2) Katniss - A Heroine for Today’s Generation:
The Hunger Games appeals to boys and girls alike. That said, Katniss is a nice break from the whiny, helpless Bella. Katniss embodies the temperament of most adolescents: difficult, prickly, moody. Yet, she also possesses enormous physical and moral strength as she volunteers as a tribute, selflessly taking the place of her younger sister, Prim. Katniss Everdeen is without a doubt, the girl on fire!
3) Heavy Themes Equal Profound Discussion:
The Hunger Games’ profound themes allow for profound discussion. Students want to be part of the conversation, weighing in on poverty, political oppression, and yes, the violence. Engaging students with adult topics and capitalizing on their passion for the book generates into real life action. One tween professed, “I can’t wait to turn eighteen so I can vote and change our own government.”
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