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  1. Themes in The Hunger Games February 10-14, 2014

  2. February 10, 2014 • Learning Target: • I will be able to define theme and identify themes used in The Hunger Games.

  3. What is a Theme? • A theme is a universal idea that encompasses the meaning or message of a piece of literature. • Universal ideas are ideas that all humans can relate to.

  4. Let’s make a list of universal ideas, or themes.

  5. What universal idea was featured inThe Kite Runner? Universal Idea: Betrayal Universal Idea: Forgiveness • U • Universal Idea: Betrayal • Ask yourself, What did the author want to say about betrayal? • Theme Statement: Betrayal can ruin lives • Universal Idea: Forgiveness • What point was the author trying to make about forgiveness? • Theme Statement:Forgiveness is liberating (freeing)


  6. “They do surgery in the Capitol, to make people appear younger and thinner. In District 12, looking old is something of an achievement since so many people die early. You see an elder person, you want to congratulate them on their longevity, ask the secret of survival. A plump person is envied because they aren't scraping by like the majority of us. But here it is different. Wrinkles aren't desirable. A round belly isn't a sign of success” (Collins 74). Let’s analyze the following quotes from The Hunger Games

  7. “They do surgery in the Capitol, to make people appear younger and thinner. In District 12, looking old is something of an achievement since so many people die early. You see an elder person, you want to congratulate them on their longevity, ask the secret of survival. A plump person is envied because they aren't scraping by like the majority of us. But here it is different. Wrinkles aren't desirable. A round belly isn't a sign of success” (Collins 74). Let’s analyze the following quotes from The Hunger Games

  8. Example of a theme statement • Big idea from a novel: Superficiality • Theme statement: Society has placed too much importance on looks when many only want to live another day. • A theme statement is a statement of truth. It identifies what the author is trying to say about a topic such as superficiality.

  9. “The exceptions are the kids from the wealthier districts, the volunteers, the ones who have been fed and trained throughout their lives for this moment. The tributes from 1, 2, and 4 traditionally have this look about them. It's technically against the rules to train tributes before they reach the Capitol but it happens every year. In District 12, we call them the Career Tributes, or just the Careers. And like as not, the winner will be one of them” (Collins 51). Let’s analyze the following quotes from The Hunger Games

  10. “The exceptions are the kids from the wealthier districts, the volunteers, the ones who have been fed and trained throughout their lives for this moment. The tributes from 1, 2, and 4 traditionally have this look about them. It's technically against the rules to train tributes before they reach the Capitol but it happens every year. In District 12, we call them the Career Tributes, or just the Careers. And like as not, the winner will be one of them” (Collins 51). Let’s analyze the following quotes”

  11. Universal Idea: Survival • Ask yourself, What did the author want to say about rebellion? • Theme Statement: Survival requires trust. • Universal Idea: Power • Ask yourself, What did the author want to say about power? • Theme Statement: Power in the wrong hands can be detrimental (terrible). Possible Theme Statements: The Hunger Games

  12. EXIT SLIP • Thinking about theme, think about the universal idea you see daily in your life. What would be the theme statement of your life? • Record your answers on a separate sheet of paper and turn in at the end of class.

  13. Learning Target: I will be able to write theme statements about themes found in The Hunger Games. February 11, 2014

  14. Theme Analysis: The Hunger Games • Take a look at the quotes provided on your worksheet. • Each of the quotes is connected by the same theme. • It’s your job to determine what theme the quote highlights. • Answer the questions under each quote and at the end write a sentence or two of insightful analysis about the theme. • Do not state the obvious…take it beyond what you see and write about what you have inferred.

  15. Learning Target: I will be able to recall the main characters, events, symbols, and themes covered in Chapters 1-7 of The Hunger Games. February 12, 2014

  16. Katniss Everdeen Gale Hawthorne Primrose Everdeen Mrs. Everdeen Mr. Everdeen Madge Undersee Effie Trinket Haymitch Abernathy Peeta Mellark _____ Main Characters in The Hunger Games • Gamemakers • Cinna • Portia • Avox • Caesar Flickerman

  17. What ideas do these symbols represent? Peeta’s bread The woods Katniss plant The “Silent Salute” Dandelion Mockingjay Pin Symbolism in The Hunger Games

  18. 1) Introduction Includes the prompt, author’s name, and title of book underlined. 2) Thesis Statement Stating your two claims as a fact. 3) 1st CEA paragraph (Claim, Evidence, Analysis) 4) 2nd CEA paragraph (Claim, Evidence, Analysis) 5) Conclusion Essay Writing

  19. Learning Target: I will demonstrate my knowledge of the main characters, events, symbols, and themes covered in Chapters 1-7 of The Hunger Games. February 13, 2014