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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

YAL Presenter Unit 2011/2012

Subjects: English, Language Arts
Grade Level: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2011

Unit Created by: Daniel Laubacher and Robert Valle

What makes this a good YAL choice...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins engages from the first page through a fast-paced writing style heavy with imagery so students can “see” the action in their minds. Because of the blockbuster movie franchise, readers may rely on the film for their visions of the heroine Katniss Everdeen, but will get a fuller picture of life in this dystopian future society through reading. Katniss’ struggle for identity, purpose and allies resonate with all teenage readers. However, the hardships of poverty and the brutality of unpredictably threatened violence may forge a stronger connection for other students. Katniss’ ability to identify allies and develop positive relationships while facing adversity models behaviors that GEAR UP promotes to support students towards academic success in “the game of school” to reach the goal of high school graduation and postsecondary success.Daniel Laubacher


YAL Conference Workshop Description

The Hunger Games and the Admission Game: Competition, Collaboration and College
Daniel Laubacher and Robert Valle, Presenters

Although it isn't literally a battle to the death, the college admission process is a fight for our students' lives. Like the book's protagonist Katniss, students can go it alone, or seek support from sponsors and mentors, then work with peers also competing for limited college admission space. This workshop will examine the themes of competition and collaboration in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and in the contexts of classroom work, long term college preparation and the admission process. The presenters will utilize their experience with the Common Core Standards for Literacy and Experiential /Adventure Education to model activities, strategies and classroom structures to engage learners in thoughtful, meaningful work. Participants should expect to be encouraged to get out of their seats, move and be active participants in teambuilding activities demonstrated during the session. However, all activities are "challenge by choice" and should not deter any interested participants from choosing this workshop. - Workshop Description for YAL 2011