Thursday, October 28, 2010

Module 4: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print. ISBN: 9780439023481


" I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment with I will finally have to let go."

Katniss Everdern's life has been about keeping her family safe and fed. But all of the that comes crashing in on her during the District's "reaping". Katniss and fellow District 12 student, Peeta, are chosen to be a part of the "Hunger Games". The Games are the Capital's way of keeping all the Districts in check. Each district is expected to send one girl and one boy to partake in a kill or be killed, winner take all game, which is televised for the entertainment of the rich. As Katniss prepares herself for the games, she realizes that there is more to Peeta than she thought. Will she survive long enough to know the truth about everything?

As you read Hunger Games, you are taken right with Katniss. You are pulled out of her home, into an unfamiliar city, and then into the arena where everything just wants you dead. Suzanne Collins has created a country in the future, where each the "Capital" is dependent on each District for something, but the Districts have no power. Katniss is about as real as a character gets with her raw emotions and passion to protect the ones she loves, whether she knows she loves them or not. Although very realistic in some ways, much of Hunger Games deals with the unbelievable, such as skin tented green, trackerjays, and the ability to rid yourself of every scar you have ever received. A Booklist starred review states, "Populated by three-dimensional characters, this is a superb tale of physical adventure, political suspense, and romance." This book has a little bit of everything in it, and with pull all readers into its pages.

This book is based on the idea that there has been a major world disaster in which the United States has had to completely change its location and government system. The students will be given a map of the present-day America, then by using information in the book, try to figure out where each district is located. In order to prove their theory, students will need to cite specific quotes from the book.

"Hunger Games." Booklist (2008). Amazon. Web. >http: sr="8-1-spell/qid=1289166204/ref=dp_proddesc_0ie=utf8&n=283155&s=books&qid=1289166204&sr=8-1-spell">.

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