Teaching with Fire: TeacherTube Videos Inspired by “The Hunger Games”

November 12th, 2013 | by Stephan Maldonado

November 22 marks the release of Catching Fire: the second installment in the blockbuster movie trilogy The Hunger Games based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novels. The worldwide phenomenon, which has been embraced by teens and adults alike, tells the story of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark: two “tributes” who have been chosen from their home of District 12 to compete in the seventy-fourth annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a brutal, televized competition in which two tributes from each of the 12 districts of Panem (the totalitarian post-apocalyptic remains of North America) fight to the death as punishment for a past attempt at uprising against the oppressive Capitol. But Katniss and Peeta’s victory in the “Games” spark a revolution that will change everything.

The wild popularity of The Hunger Games has captured students’ attention, not just with the movies, but with a renewed interest in reading that such popular novels have the power to spark. In honor of the upcoming release, our friends at Teach.com have declared November “Catching Fire Month:” a month-long series of blogs that explore the educational potential of The Hunger Games in partnership with Tracee Orman of the popular website Hunger Games Lessons. According to their blog: “Students love The Hunger Games, but their fascination doesn’t simply have to be an obsession with popular culture. Great teachers like yourselves recognize the potential to transform something entertaining into something educational, harnessing students’ interests to engage them in productive learning…In addition to our regular content, we are bringing you a series of blogs that explore the educational potential of The Hunger Games: themes that can be applied to history, literature, and science lessons, activities to cultivate analytical and critical thinking skills, and discussions on popular culture in general.

Our own members have been using The Hunger Games in their lessons to engage students for quite some time. In keeping with the excitement surrounding the new movie, here are some great TeacherTube videos about The Hunger Games!

District 12 Mining HG

Uploaded by tonyatehranie

This great video takes The Hunger Games, in which the protagonists Katniss and Peeta come from a town who’s primary trade is coal mining, and uses it as a platform to discuss the history of coal mining in the United States!

The Hunger Games

Uploaded by EAuxier

This video is a student-made trailer for the original novel, which is a great way to get students to practice articulating their interpretations of books!

Hunger Games Book Talk

Uploaded by Denverubow

This “book talk” of The Hunger Games is a verbal book report in which the student summarizes and analyzes the novel.

Strong Female Lead Character

Uploaded by adamyeargin

This video reviews several books featuring strong female leads, including the empowering character of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and is a wonderful way to get students talking about the portrayal of women in popular literature.

Bridenbaugh Hunger Games Booktalk

Uploaded by Dbridenbaugh

This “book talk” is a presentation by the teacher about The Hunger Games, which could serve as a great way to introduce your students to the novel, or to provide an example for how they should report on their interpretation of the book!

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