North Laurel Book Club . About this Book….
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In this gripping young adult novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present, the nation of Panem consists of a shining Capital surrounded by twelve outlying Districts, in the ruins of the area once known as North America. Sixteen-year-old Katniss and her friend Gale forage for food in the woods surrounding their impoverished District, in this stratified society where the Capital controls all resources. The main support for both their families, Katniss and Gale are apprehensive of the approaching annual Reaping, when two “tributes” between the ages of 12 and 18 will be chosen by lottery from each of the twelve districts to compete in The Hunger Games, a survival contest on live TV in which teenagers fight to the death and there can be only one victor.
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Watch this interview with Suzanne Collins and answer these questions on each segment.
What was Suzanne Collins’s favorite book as a child?
Besides English, what other languages does Suzanne Collins speak?
Similarities to Underland
Why does each book in both of Suzanne Collins’s series (The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games) contain 27 chapters broken down into three sections of nine chapters?
Planning the Trilogy
How did Suzanne Collins realize that she would have to continue The Hunger Games past the first book?
Responses to Book
List three (3) themes in The Hunger Games that Collins mentions:
Age of readers
Why is The Hunger Games recommended for readers aged 12+?
The Most Difficult Part
What were the most difficult parts of the story for Suzanne Collins to write?
What were the most enjoyable parts of the story for Suzanne Collins to write?
After listening to Collins describe desensitization, what does the word “desensitize” mean?
To what things have students your age become “desensitized?”
Name three (3) reality tv shows:
Does Collins seem to enjoy the idea of reality television (broadcasting every part of your life)? Why or why not?
On what Greek myth is The Hunger Games based?
What are the three (3) elements needed to make a good gladiator game?
Read this article on Roman gladiators. Write a summary of the main ideas.
Read the myth of "Theseus and the Minotaur." Write a summary of the story in your own words.
Visit Suzanne Collins's website and answer these questions…
Name one other book Suzanne Collins wrote.
What did she do before she wrote children’s books?
Where does she live?
What genre of book is The Hunger Games?
1 . Explain how you accomplished your task.
2. How did you use communication to assign specific tasks?
3. Is it important to read the book before watching the movie?
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