The Hunger Games is on fire for many, but not all

The Hunger Games has just been released in theaters and promises to be a huge blockbuster rivaling Harry Potter and Twilight. Many teachers are teaching the novel (as well as the other books, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) in their classrooms and looking for educational activities and resources to go with the trilogy.

The books were actually originally written for a high school audience, but there has been a trickle down effect and many middle school and even elementary age students are reading the books. There are some who have voiced concerns that the books are too violent for younger children and that the content is too mature for them.

I have just finished reading the trilogy myself, and although I agree there is a lot of violence, I found that the books are probably milder than many video games that kids play today. (I wouldn’t be surprised if  a whole series of video games will be created based on the books!) Additionally, I didn’t find any language that was offensive or sexually inappropriate content. I couldn’t put the first book down, even though I am not usually a fan of books with killing as a main part of the plot.

High school teachers will have a great opportunity to use these books to study the politics of Panem and the message about totalitarian governments and dangerous regimes, which may be a little difficult to teach in the lower grades. However, there is a great deal of vocabulary and the books can be used to teach story elements, theme, and a host of writing strategies.

So, if you are a teacher, you might consider teaching The Hunger Games in your classroom. If you are brave enough to do that, here are a few interesting resources I found when I started looking! Good luck!




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