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Hunger Games Pre-Reading Activity & Journal Project

by sarahc418

  • Release Date: February 12, 2019
  • Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 8, and Grade 9
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Hunger Games Pre-Reading Activity: From the list below, circle which items you would take with you if you were going to be put out in the woods to survive for several weeks. Detail below why you would choose these items.

Group 1 (Choose 2)

  • Blanket
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Sunglasses
  • A wool sweater
  • Reflective heat jacket

Group 2 (Choose 1)

  • Suntan lotion
  • An empty container/bottle
  • Rope
  • Tarp
  • Iodine Tablets

Group 3 (Choose 1)

  • Bow & Arrow
  • Small Knife
  • A large heavy sword
  • A hammer
  • A fishing line & hook

Group 4 (Choose 1)

  • A box of crackers
  • A package of beef jerky
  • A bottle of water
  • A package of cheese
  • A bag of apples

When complete, get into groups of three. Did you have the same objects? If not, you must agree on the same products. Detail how you arrived at a compromise below:

Hunger Games Journal Project: During the course of the unit, answer each of the following journal entries in ONE FULL page. Choose 8 of the following topics. Make sure to label your journal entries with the topic #.

  • Journal 1: If you had to survive out on your own, what would be the easiest part for you and what would be some of the more difficult aspects of surviving outdoors on your own? (Pre-Reading)
  • Journal 2: In your own life, when was a time when you felt defeated? How did you regain your confidence? (Chapter 2)
  • Journal 3: People in power always want more power. Agree or disagree with this statement and give examples from your life, literature or history to support. In your own life, when was a time when you felt defeated? How did you regain your confidence? (Chapter 3)
  • Journal 4: Going into the interview situation, what questions would you most like to ask the tributes? What questions do you think the capitol would NOT want asked in front of a live audience & television audience?
  • Journal 5: Write from the perspective of Peeta while he is on the Career’s team. How does he feel being their ally? What did he say to convince them he would be a valuable asset?
  • Journal 6: Write from the perspective of Prim watching the Hunger Games live on her television. What does she feel, say, experience seeing her sister in the games.
  • Journal 7: Describe a time when you felt betrayed by a good friend. What happened and how did you recover from the betrayal?
  • Journal 8: What is the appeal of reality TV? Do you enjoy reality TV? If so, which ones and why? If not, what kinds of television shows or movies do you most enjoy and why?
  • Journal 9: Compare and contrast yourself with one character from the novel. Why do you see yourself most like or dislike this character?
  • Journal 10: Write from the perspective of Gale while at home watching Peeta and Katniss in the cave. What are his feelings about their interactions? Does he hope Peeta and Katniss both make it home?
  • Journal 11: Going into the final interview, what questions would you ask the victor? The mentor? The designer? What would the Capitol audience want to know? What do you want to know?


This document includes a fun pre-reading assignment that gets students thinking about survival and what items they need for survival. It leads to a good conversation about how well-equipped they would be to survive in the wilderness. It also leads into the journal project I give my students. There are 11 thoughtful journal prompts that go along with various chapters throughout the entire novel.

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