The Hunger Games By: Suzanne Collins Michael Trubshaw Reading - Miss Roche Period 5 5/11/12
Suzanne Collins: Biography - The Early Years Biography - The Early Years• Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962 in Hartford Connecticut. She had to move several times because her dad was in the Air Force. She went to high school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She was a theater arts major. She went to college at Indiana University and received a double major in drama and telecommunications. www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/
Suzanne Collins: Biography - Adult Years she wrote for many• After Suzanne graduated from college, children’s television shows on Nickelodeon. She wrote for the following shows : Clarissa Explains it All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear, and Oswald. As a writer for PBS Kids she helped write Clifford’s Puppy Days. One day while thinking about Alice in Wonderland, she thought that you were more likely to fall in a man hole than a rabbit hole. So she based her first book series on that idea and called it The Underland Chronicles. The idea for the Hunger Games came to her while watching a kid’s reality TV show and thinking about war. So far the Hunger Games book series is her most successful to date.
Summary• In post - apocalyptic America, 12 districts are ruled by The Capitol. Each year each district sends one boy tribute and one girl tribute to the Hunger Games, where the competitors battle to their death, leaving only one survivor. Katniss Everdeen is a 16 year old girl who lives in district 12. Her 12 year old Sister Prim is picked for the Hunger Games. Because Katniss is afraid that her sister may die, she volunteered to take her place as tribute. Now alongside the district 12 boy tribute, Peeta Melark, she must learn how to survive this horrendous competition. She must know who to trust and who not to trust. She must have the will and the strength to survive.
• Main characters: Characters 1. Katniss Everdeen: The main character of the book, Katniss lives in district 12. She has long brown hair and gray eyes. Her father died in a mine explosion. She is 16 years old and takes care of her mom and sister Prim. Prim was picked for the Hunger Games but Katniss went in her place, so Prim wouldnt die. 2. Peeta Melark: Also a citizen of district 12. He is the baker’s son and is picked as the boy tribute of district 12. Peeta is the same age as Katniss and has blond hair and blue eyes. 3. Gale Hawthorne: Katniss’s best friend in district 12. He is 18 years old, and he is Katniss’s hunting buddy in district 12.• Other characters 1.Prim Everdeen: The 12 year old sister of Katniss Everdeen, she is sweet and innocent. 2. Effie Trinket: A very important person at the Hunger Games. She helps train the tributes from district 12 for the Hunger Games. She lives in Capitol City. 3. Haymitch: The first person to ever win the hunger games in district 12. He is a drunk, but stays sober so he can help train Katniss and Peeta. 4. Cinna: Katniss’s dark skinned stylist, who not only prepares her for the Hunger Games but helps to comfort her in the process. 5. Rue: The girl tribute from district 11. She is 12 years old and she has brown hair and dark skin. In the Hunger Games, she makes an alliance with Katniss to defeat the other tributes. 6. Caesar Flickerman: The person who has been doing the interviews for the Hunger Games for the last 40 years.
• Introduction PLOT - The 74th Annual Hunger Games - - Setting - the ruins of North America now known as Panem• Rising Action - The Reaping - the day the tributes are chosen. - Prim is chosen as tribute in district 12. - Katniss takes her place as tribute in the Hunger Games. - Peeta Melark is chosen as the boy tribute in district12. - Katniss and Peeta board a train to Capitol. - Haymich and Effie accompany them on their journey - Katniss meets her stylist Cinna who helps refresh her for her interviews. - Katniss and Peeta train for their interviews. - Katniss shoots an arrow at the game makers because they do not pay attention to her performance. She fears this will cause a low score, but she get 11 out of 12. -They have their interviews with Ceasar Flickerman. - They begin to train for the Hunger Games. - Cinna helps dress Katniss for the games.
• Climax Plot (continued) -The Hunger Games begin.• Falling action - The bloodbath at the Cornucopia. - Katniss gets to the forest safely and set up camp in the forest. - A fire set by gamemakers flares up through the forest - Katniss is severely burned by he fire. - She hides in the trees once again. - Katniss meets Rue. - Katniss drops a tracker jacker nest on a group of career tributes that are hunting her. Two of the girl tributes are killed by the venomous stings of the tracker jackers. - Katniss finally gets the bow and arrow that she was unable to get at the Cornucopia. - Katniss makes an alliance with Rue to defeat the career tributes. - Katniss and Rue devise a plan to destroy the supplies the career tributes had hidden in their camp. - Katniss uses her bow and arrows to explode the land mines that protected the supplies. - Katniss loses her hearing in one ear after the explosions. - Katniss searches for Rue. - Katniss find Rue, she is dying from a spear wound in her chest. Katniss kills the boy who did this to Rue. - Rue’s last wish is that Katniss sings her a lullaby as she dies.
Plot (continued)• Falling Action (continued) - A new rule was made; if two people from the same district are still both alive, they can both win the Hunger Games if they are the last two surviving contestants. - Katniss finds Peeta and treats his wounds. - Three people die leaving only Katniss, Peeta and Cato to finish the game. -Cato is near death after being attacked by mutated tributes that are now wolves. - Katniss kills Cato.• - Conclusion - The rule is revoked that two players from the same district can not win. - Katniss and Peeta pretend that they are going to eat poisonous berries. - So that there will be winners in the Hunger Games, they allow both Katniss and Peeta to win.
New Vocabulary1) paraffin-a flammable, whitish, translucent, waxy solid consisting of saturatedhydrocarbons, obtained by distillation from petroleum or shale and used incandles, cosmetics, polishes and sealing and waterproofing compounds.“Greasy Sae, the boney old woman that takes half of the greens off our hands for acouple chunks of paraffin.” P. 112) strewn - v. -scatter or spread (things) untidily over a surface or area. “Strewn around the Cornucopia are other supplies, their value decreasing invalue the farther away they are from the horn.” P. 1483) underrate - v. underestimate the extent , value, or importance of someone orsomething. “Don’t underrate yourself says Peeta” P. 894) coaxing - v. - persuade (someone) gradually or by flattery to do something. “ Getting the broth into Peeta takes an hour of coaxing, begging, threateningand yes, kissing”. P.2625) yearling - n. an animal ( esp. sheep, calf or foal) a year old, or in its second year. “A young buck, probably a yearling by his size.” P. 2696) revoked - v. -put an end to the validity or operation of (a decree, decision, orpromise) . “The earlier revision has been revoked.” P. 342
STARRING ACTORS: Katniss Everdeen played by: Kristen StewartPeeta Melark played by: Zac Efron
STARRING ACTORS: Gale Hawthorne played by: Sterling KnightPrim Everdeen played by: Ella Fanning
STARRING ACTORS: Effie Trinket played by: Katy PerryHaymitch played by: Johnny Depp
STARRING ACTORS: Cinna played by: Will SmithRue played by: Willow Smith
STARRING ACTORS: Ceasar Flickerman played by: Orlando Bloom
Eye of the Tiger SOUND TRACK Risin up, back on the street Did my time, took my chances Went the distance Now Im back on my feet Album: Eye of the Tiger Just a man and his will to survive So many times, it happens too fast by Survivor You trade your passion for glory Dont lose your grip on the dreams of the past You must fight just to keep them alive [Chorus]Scene: Katniss has escaped from Its the eye of the tiger Its the thrill of the fight Risin up to the challenge the blood bath in the Of our rival And the last known survivor Stalks his prey in the nightCornucopia, while attempting to And hes watching us all with the Eye of the tiger gather supplies for her survival Face to face, out in the heat Hangin tough, stayin hungry They stack the odds during the Hunger Games. She Still we take to the street For the kill with the skill to survive secretly hides out in the trees [Chorus] Risin up straight to the top to survive the night. Had the guts, got the glory Went the distance Now Im not gonna stop Just a man and his will to survive Written by: [Chorus] Frank Sullivan & Jim Peterik The The The eye eye eye of of of the the the tiger tiger tiger The eye of the tiger
Ratings: I gave The Hunger Games a rating of Five out of Five StarsI thought the book was very intense. Suzanne Collins has written a book about postapocalyptic America and how people had to struggle to survive without basic human rights.The story takes place in a country called Panem, which used to be North America. Thisnew country is brutal and unforgiving. Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 areforced to participate in the Hunger Games. This televised event is a fight to the death, withonly one survivor. I thought Suzanne Collins portrayed the main characters with humanity.I felt sadness over the choices they had to make. Her description of life and death in Panemwas very real and I felt like I was there watching everything happen right in front of myeyes.I loved the book, I could not put it down. I am very anxious to read the next two books inthe series.