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Discussion and Journal Writing Ideas for the Book, Catching Fire

written by: Margo Dill • edited by: Trent Lorcher • updated: 2/14/2012

Catching Fire, the sequel to Hunger Games, is an action-packed science fiction adventure for young adults. It continues the story of Katniss and Peeta after they return as victors of the 74th annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death in an arena on national television.

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    Discuss the Themes and Write About Them

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (book) has several themes: interdependence vs. independence, loyalty, government control, rebellion, and love.

    First, students should answer a journal prompt or question in their reading response journals such as: "In the sequel to The Hunger Games, which theme is most prominent throughout the entire story? Give several specific examples and page number references to support your answer."

    A writing prompt such as the one above, followed by a debate/discussion, about the themes in Catching Fire will allow students to express their own opinions, discuss themes, and support their answers with quotes and events from the story. All of these tasks improve reading comprehension and analytical thinking skills.

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    Writing Prompts for the Change of Rules

    scollins-330-Catching fire c While reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (book), you will most likely ask your students several questions about the Quell, the rules, and the controversy surrounding the 75th annual Hunger Games. This should produce a lively discussion since students may have mixed feelings about the actions of Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch as well as how Katniss and Peeta want to save one another.

    Here's a writing prompt to go with this section of the sequel to The Hunger Games:

    "Were you surprised to hear how tributes were to be chosen for the 75th annual Hunger Games while you were reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins? Why or why not? Explain why you think the rules were changed and predict whom you think is behind the change."

    Again, once students are finished with this prompt in their reading response journals, have a class discussion or divide students into small groups for a different experience, during reading of the Catching Fire book or after students are finished with it.

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    The Suprise Ending

    The ending of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire book is certainly surprising and action-packed. You and your students may want to read some quotes from different characters over again, so you can be sure they understand whose side everyone is on. Once you have read the ending and made sure that everyone comprehends what happened, then it is time for your students to write in their reading response journals about the ending.

    Here's a writing prompt you can use:

    "At the end of the sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss is feeling angry and taken advantage of. Do you feel she is justified in her feelings? Why or why not? What are some of your predictions for the third and final book in the series?"

    Give students enough time to write about their opinions of the ending of Catching Fire and then discuss each other's responses as a class.

References

  •  Book jacket photo courtesy of Amazon.com.
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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

This series has articles designed to go with teaching the novel, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, which is book two of The Hunger Games series.
  1. Teaching The Hunger Games: Guide to Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  2. Discussion and Journal Writing Ideas for the Book, Catching Fire