Grade 11: The Hunger Games

In Panem, wealth is heavily concentrated in the hands of the rich, particularly those people living in the Capitol and certain districts, and the result is a huge disparity between their lives and the lives of the poor. This disparity reveals itself in numerous ways throughout the novel, but among the notable is food. In the poor districts, many of the residents do not even have enough to eat. Katniss notes that starvation is common in District 12, and she has to hunt illegally in the woods beyond the district’s borders to feed her family. The novel suggests that most of the district’s residents are not able to or don’t know how to hunt, meaning even given the little Katniss’s family has, it is still more than many of the other families in her district. Furthermore, all but the most basic foods are luxuries. Katniss later learns that Peeta’s family, which owns a bakery and is thus one of the more well-off in the district, can’t afford most of the food they bake and eat mostly the stale leftovers that nobody buys. In contrast, when Katniss arrives in the Capitol, she is awed by the lavish feasts and elaborately prepared dishes. The food is rich and abundant, and Katniss, for the first time, tries hot chocolate.

Connection to Trimester 1 Curriculum Map: The Hunger Games is the first title listed on Trimester 1 curriculum map.Themes include: Love, Appearance,Power, Survival, Control, Rebellion, Violence, Class,Friendship, Identity, Reality television, Societal inequality, Versions of reality, Entertainment and society, Sacrifice,Spectacle,Starvation,Stoicism,The privileged and powerful few.

Here’s the link to the corresponding Summer Reading Assignment!

Books will be provided by Northeast. However, for more information and to see reviews on The Hunger Games, here is the Amazon Link.