Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"May the odds be ever in your favor!"

Katniss and Peeta outwitted the Gamemakers in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, but will they get away with it?  Students get a thrill out of following Katniss from District 12 to the Capital in order to battle in the Hunger Games.  There is no shortage of drama and suspense as she travels with Peeta (the showmance) and Haymitch (the drunken coach) leaving Gale (the best “friend”) behind.  The Capital is looking forward to a great slaughter that involves betrayal and brutal killings, but will they get everything they want?  Read the book with the students and help them find out.  They will be begging to check out the rest of the trilogy one you have finished reading.

Citizen schools gives the students the chance to live out the book by allowing them to work on their presentation skills.  They can create commercials for the tributes or act out love scenes between Katniss and Peeta or Katniss and Gale.  Maybe the students could create a facebook chat between the three of them.  Why not challenge the students to create a scale model of the arena?  The possibilities are endless but the goal is the same: teach the students to respect humanity and to challenge authority when it is abusive.

With the premier of the book on March 23, 2012, the reading of the book would be a great lead-in to taking the class to the movie and noticing the differences between the two.  A great discussion could be had about why the movie is different and why they would change the book.  Whatever the activities and follow up to the book, the students are sure to have a great time reading and dreaming of what they would do if they were Katniss.


Citizen Schools Fellowship teachers have the opportunity to impact low-income, deserving students.  These students need your guidance and support.  They need someone to invest in their lives and in the future of America.  If you are a teacher already and need financial support to do what you want to in your classroom, try making a request for supplies at  I have had success in the past from DonorsChoose and plan on using them in the future to allow people to invest in the lives of my students.

Zane Porter (HendersonNC)

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