Tipping the Odds in Your Favor
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.