This was EnglishCaddy's first official challenge, however since the films are still being released in the theater and the continued popularity of the books, this page will be maintained and updated regularly.
So enjoy the books, and make the odds ever in your favor by reading!
Suzanne Collins crafts a wonderfully suspenseful story centered around Katniss Everdeen. Katniss Everdeen lives in an impoverished area of one of the 12 poorest districts in Panem, a future dystopian North American that has been ravaged by war and rising ocean levels. The totalitarian Capitol has divided the country into 12 strictly controlled and isolated districts whose habitants work to supply the people of the Capital with all its materialistic and luxurious needs while the citizens of the districts themselves remain poor and in need of many of the basic necessities of life. About 75 years prior to the opening of the story, a rebellion in the districts occurred. A war erupted between the districts and the Capitol. The victorious Capitol had then tightened its grip and instituted a “punishment” designed to remind the districts of the power of the Capitol and keep the citizens of the districts in a constant state of fear and oppression. Annually, each of the 12 districts must send two tributes selected from the children aged 12 to 18 to the Capitol as a sacrifice in an arena of death. In this arena the children are forced to combat the elements and each other until only one tribute remains. This televised blood bath is called the Hunger Games….
There are many themes and topics encompassed in the books, below you'll find a few of these subjects of discussion, with exercises and activities providing opportunities for you to work on your English and perhaps even help out others...
What is government's role in society?
- Catch a Fire - a film celebrating the determination of humans to live freely and equally in the face of oppressive governments.
Reality Shows, Big Brother and the Roman Coliseum...
Try the Into the Wild Challenge and find out if you have what it takes to survive in nature.
Have you seen The Hunger Games?
The Hunger Games The first film in the trilogy available on DVD in your area.
Watch the trailer...
Catching Fire! - The second film in the trilogy was released world-wide during the last week of November 2013
Check out the trailer...
Mockingjay - (part 1) The first part of the third book in the trilogy was released world-wide in November 2014
Trailer 1 for the film.
Mockingjay - (part 2) The second part of the third book in the trilogy scheduled to be released in November of 2015.
Trailer 1 for the film
Trial by Fire - this is a short online decision making game. Read the scenario then make your choice on how you would react to each situation. See if you could survive the Hunger Games!
In The Hunger Games, "challenge" is the big word! So why not challenge yourself? While reading the books, listen to these audio versions created and read by fans on YouTube chapter by chapter. AND while you're doing that, why not try the to answer the questions for each chapter in the comprehension booklet?
Certainly you're ready for a challenge!
The Hunger Games - Book one in the trilogy.
Catching Fire - Book two in the trilogy.
Mockingjay - Book three in the trilogy
Taylor Swift "Safe & Sound" Here's the video from the soundtrack of The Hunger Games.
This one is simple, just download the listening activity and watch the video. (sorry for the advertisement, the video is only available through VEVO)
Or practice your listening skills on Lyrics training!
Coldplay "Atlas (Carry Your World) - From the second film in the series, this video is one of the most gorgeous videos every made. The lyrics play an integral part in the video, so watch, enjoy and sing.
Arcade Fire "Abraham's Daughter" - (Advanced) A simple song with a powerful theme. This song is played at the immediately at the end of the film and serves through metaphor, allegory and the retelling of the mythological story of Abraham in the Christian bible.
The activity sheet is coming soon, but for now here's the video with lyrics and comment box for you to express your thoughts about the meaning of the song.
Free Catching Fire bookmarks. Simply download the pdf and print double-sided on card-stock or photo paper. (Makes 6 bookmarks on A4 paper but can be scaled to US letter size.