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A Teacher’s Guide for Grades 7-9:

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year-old girl living in the dystopic future society of Panem; she demonstrates her cunning and strength when she is required to fight to the death in their annual Hunger Games. We chose this novel for its insightful attention to some powerful social and emotional themes: poverty, social inequality, violence, reality television, trust, and love. Although this book is set in a fictionalized future, the novel is deeply relevant for young readers today; this curriculum will help students build connections between Katniss’ experiences and their own.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as “The Hunger Games.” In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. She sees this as a death sentence, but Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Author:  Suzanne Collins

Our Reading with Relevance teacher’s guide breaks the novel into a series of thoughtful lesson plans. Each lesson is designed to support you to meaningfully explore the social and emotional themes of the day’s reading with your students, inspiring them to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter.

This teacher’s guide includes:

  • A facilitator’s guide with tips and resources for implementing the curriculum.
  • A map of Common Core Standards addressed through this program.
  • Fifteen individual lesson plans, including vocabulary, discussion

questions, journal prompts, extension activities, and all


  • Two assessments to monitor student progress throughout the program.
  • Regular checkpoints to help teachers assess their students’ progress on ELA standards.
  • A culminating essay-writing unit.
  • An appendix with additional teaching resources and activities to continue exploring this novel.

Pages: 96
Dimensions: 8.5” x 11”



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