A 1-week mini-unit based on the wildly popular book and movie, The Hunger Games, challenges students to infer what events led to the post-apocalyptic world in the story and to analyze how we can avoid a similar fate.
The mini-unit curriculum, “Avoiding the path to Panem,” is available for free download at the Educurious website (www.educurious.com). Educurious is an organization partly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which seeks to reduce the country’s high school dropout rate by developing curricula that connect students to issues of compelling interest and relevance in their lives.
During the 1-week mini-unit, students focus on the question, “How can we avoid the path to Panem, the post-apocalyptic world of The Hunger Games?” Students develop their top claims and ideas and create a virtual poster on their theory working as a team.
Below are the main tasks students must complete:
Mini Task 1: Collect evidence from the text. Students work collaboratively to find evidence of what led to the conditions in Panem in the The Hunger Games. The unit includes a short video featuring Gary Ross, the director and co-screenwriter of the movie. Students use the Claims, Evidence and Explanation organizer as they collect evidence.
Mini Task 2: The Tuning Protocol The Tuning Protocol is a structured process that allows for reflection and meaningful feedback about a project, a text, a performance, or any work in progress. Students present their case to a group of peers who provide warm and cool feedback. Students then revise their work.
Mini Task 3: Strengthen your evidence. Students conduct a short research project to continue to work on answering the question, “How did North America get from here to Katniss’s world?” They begin to answer the challenge, “What can we do to avoid the path to Panem?” Students use Cornell Notes to record and summarize the information they’ve gathered.
Mini Task 4: Call to action The final task is to write an essay that each team posts on Glogster, a platform that allows students to create online multimedia posters – with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments etc. This work can be shared with people around the world. Students’ Glogs for the mini-unit include a call to action and presents an opportunity for others to respond.
“Avoiding the path to Panem,” http://educurious.org/try/hungergameschallenge.php