Quiz: Vocabulary (chapters 1-4)
Discussion: The Hunger Games: Characters and Events
Presentation: Essay #2
In-Class Writing: page 46 SMG
1. Beginning with a quotation/transitioning to your
The quiz covers the words from Chapters 1-4.
You will have 15 minutes to complete the quiz.
There are 18 words.
Vocabulary quizzes are worth 125 points of your grade.
There will be 5 vocabulary quizzes.
The Hunger Games
In your groups, make a list of one or more important experiences each of these
characters has. What kind of emotion does each provoke? Can you relate to any
one of these experiences?
The Writing Assignment
Using The Hunger Games as your starting point, write
an essay about an event in your life that will engage
readers and that will, at the same time, help them
understand the significance of the event. Tell your story
dramatically and vividly in 750-1000 words.
The Goal: Writing a Good Introduction
Choose a provocative or interesting quotation (four typed lines or
more) from The Hunger Games and integrate it into your
introduction. You can start with the quotation, or you can work it
in after a few sentences.
Summarize what is happening in the novel at the point of your
quotation, and then explain the context (particular setting) for the
quotation. This is important because it sets up the connection to
your own experience.
Then, write a transition paragraph, making a connection between
the quotation and the event in your life. Your thesis sentence will
likely be the sentence in which you clearly make that connection
(we will talk more about theses in our next meeting).
Before the opening ceremonies, Katniss meets with her stylist, Cinna, to prepare. Cinna presses
a button and a fancy meal of “Chicken and chunks of oranges cooked in a creamy sauce laid on a
bed of pearly white grain, tiny green peas and onions, rolls shaped like flowers, and for dessert, a
pudding the color of honey” appears (65). Katniss thinks about how difficult it would be to get a
meal like this in District 12:
What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the
press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for
sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, these people in the
Capitol, besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shipment of
tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment?
I look up and find Cinna‟s eyes trained on mine. „How despicable we must
seem to you,‟ he says. (65)
Katniss doesn‟t respond to Cinna‟s statement, but she agrees in her head. “He‟s right, though. The
whole rotten lot of them is despicable” (65).
Although our world does not really consist of a Capitol and many districts, there are still some
people who live more comfortably than others. For people like me who live in privilege, life is
easy. Food is readily available if I want to eat. Outside of school, I don‟t really have many
responsibilities. I don‟t have to worry about how I will survive day to day. My family has told me
on many occasions to think about how lucky I am to live the way I do. In other countries, life is
hard. In Africa, children starve to death as a result of famine and poverty. People my age in some
countries are working more than my parents do. Katniss‟s disgust for the extravagant Capitol is
similar to the disgust I felt for myself when I listened to an account of one man‟s visit to factories in
How Despicable We Must Seem
Make a Quick Narrative Ladder:
Where and when did your event
• Rising action
Post #8: Finish and post your narrative ladder
Choose a provocative or interesting quotation (four typed
lines or more) from The Hunger Games
Summarize what is happening in the novel at the point of
your quotation, and then explain the context (particular
setting) for the quotation.
Then, write a transition paragraph, making a connection
between the quotation and the event in your life. Bring: HG
and SMG; bring a hard copy of your writing