Archive for January 2013

Protecting Children in a Complex Society

January 18, 2013

Quote of the Week:  All children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on this most complex world.         Deborah Meier

For those of you who are familiar with the Hunger Games, you will remember it certainly wasn’t a society that protected its children.  Thinking about our own society, how well do we protect our children—not just physically but their emotional and mental wellbeing?  Today, adults are debating gun control and the Second Amendment, which should be debated.  As those conversations are occurring, adults are not always cognizant that there are children listening and watching.  They’re watching television images of teachers learning how to use guns and how to defend themselves.  They’re watching movies and programs about terrorism, horrific crimes, and violence.  They overhear media, regardless of parental advisories that what follows may not be suitable for children, and it’s out there before it’s possible to click a program off.  There is little to no separation between what is appropriate for children and what is geared for adult listening and watching.  To what extent are we, as a society, willing to protect children from losing their innocence about life sooner than they should?

Perhaps reading and discussing books like The Hunger Games give adults opportunities to prepare children for the darker side of society.  If we’re not willing to redefine individual freedom—where does one’s freedom and rights begin and end, then we need to give children the critical thinking skills they need to navigate the very complex society in which we live.

As we continue to develop lesson plans for The Hunger Games, we are attempting to provide students with opportunities to develop and use critical thinking skills to have those meaningful discussions that just may help them understand the world in which we all live.

The Hunger Games Character Analysis Lesson Plan  is a free download on our Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Check it out!

hunger games character analysishttp://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hunger-Games-Character-Analysis-Lesson-Plan

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Tipping the Odds in Your Favor

January 9, 2013

Hunger Games SettingQuote of the Week

May the odds be ever in your favor.  Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games

 

Teaching is always challenging and if you can stack the odds in your favor, it’s just that much better for you and your students.  Creating instructional materials that can be easily implemented as well as engaging students; and that result in student learning, take time, effort, and knowledge of resources.  Time is directly related to effort and finding and using resources—the less time a teacher has, the less effort that physically can be put forth, and the fewer resources that can be employed.  So, what’s a busy teacher to do who cares about student learning?  Find a few really good resources that can be relied upon to deliver.  That’s what my colleagues, Linda Carpenter and Dr. Jennifer Fontanini, and I are dedicated to doing.  One of those resources are the materials we have developed around The Hunger Games.

We’ve developed a ready-to-go lesson plan for analyzing the settings in The Hunger Games. Setting Analysis for The Hunger Games takes place at various intervals throughout the novel and identifies the characteristics of each of the major settings in the novel:  District 12, the Capitol, and the Arena.  This lesson introduces a graphic organizer, Setting Analysis Chart, for the first setting of the novel, District 12, and then provides the same graphic organizer for the Capital and the Arena.  Use each graphic organizer, Setting Analysis Chart, as a summary guide for each of the following chapters:

  • Chapters 1-2:               Use Setting Analysis Chart for District 12
  • Chapters 3-10:             Use Setting Analysis Chart for the Capitol
  • Chapters 11-25:           Use Setting Analysis Chart for the Arena

On Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13, 2013, Book Bites Lesson Plan for Setting Analysis for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will be available for only $1.00 on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you’re thinking about reading The Hunger Games with your students, this is a great lesson plan to tip the odds in your favor of engaging students.


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