Tomorrow’s the big day! Are you excited? Going to a midnight release?!
Once you’ve calmed down a bit, you can put your creative energies to good use with our essay prompts and project ideas. Teachers — feel free to use any of these! (But if you do, let us know so we can feature your work!)
- It’s hard, but try to see things from President Snow’s perspective. Why would he seek to control the districts so strictly? Why does he see Katniss as such a threat? Write a speech in Snow’s voice, addressing the districts.
- TGH is an example of dystopian literature. What other dystopian titles have you read? What are the similarities and differences? Do they have a common theme?
- If you look at lists of dystopian literature, you can see a clear pattern — it has increased dramatically in the last few decades. Why is this?
- Allegory: a narrative having a second meaning beneath the surface one – a story with two meanings, a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning. That said, how is THG an allegory? What is the symbolic meaning?
- Create a diorama of one of the game areas based on facts from The Hunger Games or Catching Fire.
- Create a scrapbook/journal from the point of view of Prim as she watches The Hunger Games from home. Think about what she might have collected, drawn, written, etc.
- Channel your inner Cinna: Design a tribute costume for a district other than District 12. Describe why your costume applies, much how Cinna did when he dressed Katniss and Peeta for their first Hunger Games.
- Dramatic dialogue: Create a dialogue between Katniss and her father. Imagine her father did not die in the mines, but instead was alive and escaped to District 13. Pretend the mine collapse was a cover-up created by the Capitol to hide the impending revolution. Bonus points for acting out and filming this scene.
- Revolt behind the scenes: Design your strategy behind the revolt against the Capitol. Include characters from the books and what their parts will be. Include a map and time line. Keep the Districts in mind while you plan, and be sure to apply what you know about them to your successful revolution against the Capitol.