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Does anyone have a suggestion for simple activities that can be used in discussing the...

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cmbrooks | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:38 PM via web

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Does anyone have a suggestion for simple activities that can be used in discussing the Hunger Games with an adult ladies book club?

Our discussion lasts about 1 and 1/2 hours.  The group is composed of very educated ladies. However, all are retired and enjoy the discussions tremendously.  Some discussion leaders have used activites rather than discussion questions.  I would like to use that approach when I lead our group in the discussion of the Hunger Games.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 2, 2010 at 1:47 AM (Answer #1)

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I read where this novel was being made into a movie. Do you think the ladies would enjoy speculating on which actors or actresses would play the different roles in the movie?

Since these are "mature" ladies, perhaps they would enjoy brainstorming, for example, about which Hollywood actor might play the role of Haymitch Abernathy. Would Jack Nicholsen be good for him? Perhaps Alec Baldwin? Or, maybe William Shatner?

What about Effie Trinket, another more mature character? Which actress could play her? Someone outrageous, colorful - a comedian, perhaps? It could even be a deceased actress, if no living actress fits the bill. What about Mrs. Everdeen?

Since the ladies are educated, perhaps they would enjoy comparing this work to something more classic, such as the short story The Lottery. If the women have not read this story, or if they have not read it in awhile, you could find the story on an audio-book and play it for them to open the discussion. This might be available in your local library or, if not, you could read the story to them aloud. It is not very long. Or, you could find some other science fiction story that is available on audio book, or even a video, and show a clip to get the discusison going. Any short story by Ray Bradbury would do - perhaps something from The Martian Chronicles. Or, another doomsday-type story that is similar to the scenario in this novel.

Good luck.


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nicoleluvssoftball | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM (Answer #2)

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Well i would say picking charectors names out of a hat and have how ever many groups u want....then in each group who ever got katniss would pick a scene out of another hat there group will act it out...then u get together with all the groups and show what u have made up.

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