The Hunger Games Book 1 Novel Study



The first in the trilogy, this book offers wonderful opportunity for reluctant readers to learn to love literature in a fun, engaging way that helps form connections to others and possibilities. The odds will be ever in your favor in this class!


Meets once per week for 14 weeks

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a fantastic novel about a 16-year old girl named Katniss who volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in a government-mandated competition where only one teenager will survive. The book is Katniss’ story where we learn of her compassion for her sister, her struggles to survive, and her conflicting emotions toward her fellow competitors. We follow her as she is whisked away from her home, wondering if she will ever see her family again.

The love of reading gives us opportunities to think critically about not only literature, but other media as well. Reading expands our minds and broadens our horizons. If we can use popular literature to engage our young readers, then by all means let’s do it. Maybe along the way our readers will learn to appreciate Shakespeare and Hemingway.

Reading this high-interest novel motivates reluctant readers:
– Learners can make connections from history to the present and have serious discussions about our future through the novel.
– Learners are exposed to characters that have the same fears, insecurities, struggles, and emotions as them; though the settings and events are very different, they can relate to the characters and see how they deal with challenges.
– It offers numerous opportunities in other content areas, such as:
Social studies: war-related topics (such as revolutions/rebellions, strategies, the
Holocaust), ancient Greek and Roman history, mythology, geography, social hierarchy,
economics, politics, and propaganda.
Business: advertising and marketing, branding, and business ethics.
Science: ecology, weather, natural and man-made disasters, herbalism, genetic
engineering/modification, and physics.
Technology: modern transportation and innovations.
Consumer Issues: food choices/harvesting/preparation, hunger/starvation, and the cost of
Health: depression, dietary needs/nutrition, and malnourishment.
Media: the effects of reality TV, desensitization, and persuasion.
Character Education: ethics/morals, bullying, compassion for others, leadership, and values.

I am excited to have the opportunity to share this riveting novel with your learners. After finishing this book, most learners are excited to read the rest of the trilogy. This course will consist of discussions, activities, and assignments that encourage critical and creative thinking. Learners will be encouraged to reflect upon the reading and discuss how to prevent this modern form of genocide from happening. Because of the violence in the novel (and movies), this class requires a certain degree of maturity. If you have questions, please message me.

A .pdf copy of the book is provided, but you can purchase a hard copy if you’d prefer:
The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins

Anticipated Course Outline

Class 1: Novel Introduction; Meet the Author; Setting
Class 2: Vocabulary; Homework: Read chapters 1-2
Class 3: Chapter 1 test; Homework: Read chapters 3-5
Class 4: Reaping Activity: probability and much more; Homework: Read chapters 6-9
Class 5: Character list; review setting; related activity; Homework: TBD
Class 6: Skills printable; Character Olympics printable; Homework: Part 1 test
Class 7: Part 2 Vocabulary and crosswords; Facebook status updates activity; Homework: Read chapters 10-18
Class 8: Facebook character wall and profile activity; Discussions over themes & government control (utopia/dystopia); Homework: Part 2 test
Class 9: Part 3 Vocabulary and crosswords; Figurative Language; Homework: Read chapters 19-27
Class 10: Arena activity; Food Symbolism-Parts 1 and 2; Homework: Mazes and word finds
Class 11: Analyze Poetry: Rue’s Lullaby; Homework: writing poetry: Diamante, Acrostics
Class 12: Aztec, Roman, Renaissance, Marx’s theory, Chinese, American class structure comparisons
Class 13: Review Game: Quotations; Playlist activity
Class 14: Final Review; Homework: Final exam


Fri Sep 7, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Sep 14, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Sep 21, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Sep 28, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Oct 5, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Oct 12, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Oct 19, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Oct 26, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Nov 2, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Nov 9, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Nov 16, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Nov 30, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Dec 7, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern
Fri Dec 14, 3:30pm – 4:25pm Eastern