Hunger Games, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 8-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Dystopian North America

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 56 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 10 weeks



A post war-torn dystopian North America has collapsed after a series of apocalyptic events, and Panem, made up of 13 districts and the Capitol, has risen from the ruins.
Almost 75 years ago, the districts rebelled against the oppressive rule of the Capitol, resulting in the total annihilation of District 13 and even tighter control of the remaining 12 districts. It also gave rise to the Hunger Games, an annual event in which one boy and one girl are selected from each district as "tributes" for the Games. (reminiscent of the Greek legend of Theseus & the Minotaur) The 24 tributes are put into an advanced gladiatorial arena, where the children must fight to the death over a number of days as the Games are televised across Panem for the viewing entertainment of the Capitol and as a brutal reminder to the districts of exactly who is in charge.
Enter Katniss Everdeen, who provides for her mother and sister by hunting and gathering with her friend Gale outside the fence that surrounds District 12, a coal mining town in the coal-rich region formerly known as Appalachia. When Katniss' young sister Prim is chosen as a tribute, Katniss volunteers to take her place, to save her sister from certain death. With Peeta, the boy chosen from District 12, Katniss is taken to the Capitol to enter the Hunger Games. Katniss begins to rise as a contender, and people take notice. But can she win when she must choose between her survival and her humanity?
An intense look at self-sacrifice at all costs.

Progeny Press' Hunger Games PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: This study guide provides a one-quarter credit high school level Literature curriculum.
Author Biography:
Get to know Suzanne Collins, the author behind the novel.
Before-You-Read Activities: Explore a range of activities and topics before you dig into the study guide! Learn about archery, medicinal and edible wild plants, timeline, gladiatorial fights, Utopias and dystopias.
Vocabulary: Master and discover how to utilize words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Dive into the literary devices used to create a compelling narrative including flashbacks, exposition,simile, metaphor, ethnocentrism, dramatic irony, perspective, cliff-hanger, comic relief, syntax, parallelism, repetition, paradox, foreshadowing, synonym, in-context, pacing, juxtaposition, paraphrase, antonyms, theme, dramatic structure, conflict, dynamic vs. static characters, motif, point-of-view.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Explore the profound moral lessons and character values woven throughout the narrative, such as self-sacrifice, forgiveness, self-control, purity of self, do unto others as you would have them do to you, trusting God, killing, fairness, injustice, hope & peace, lying, self-honesty, vanity, Christ-figure, moral foundations of power.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in activities and writing assignments that foster creativity and critical thinking, including mapping, experience poem, reaction paper, self-control discussion, communication & insults, burn treatments, killer bees, injustice, business plan, migrant labor, favorite location, childhood memory, eulogy, legend of the minotaur, love, distrust, Roman gladiators, new point of view, WWI treaties, names, medical first aid, defiance.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Expand your reading horizons with an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Hunger Games. Movie suggestions included.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award   •   Great American Read #40   •   2008 Cybils Award winner   •   California Young Reader Medal   •   Hal Clement Award   •   Andre Norton Award nominee   •   Hebrew Geffen Award winner   •   New York Times Best Seller   •   NPR’s top 100 teen novels

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
North America, dystopia, futuristic/post-apocalyptic
American Literature, Science Fiction
Study Guide Page Count:
72 pages
Study Guide Author:
Rebecca Gilleland
For the Book By:
Suzanne Collins

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    9 Reviews

  • Posted by Elizabeth Barajas on 23rd Feb 2023


    Hunger Games Study Guide

    This study guide bridges the gap by giving a framework to discuss the morality of the story in a Scripture-directed way. I find the balance of vocab, reflection questions and the optional enrichment (hands-on) activities a lot of fun. My middle schooler actually enjoys discussions and the projects.

  • Posted by Cynthia H. on 7th Dec 2016


    Great way to study this book

    My daughter really wanted to read this book and I was hesitate. But when I saw that Progeny Press had a study guide that guided my daughter to the issues presented in the book with a Christian view I had no problem saying yes. She loved the book-devoured it actually and is now buy writing her end of the book essay. I love that all the answers are through so that I don't have to read the book to find the answers as I just don't have the time to do that.

  • Posted by Naila E. on 23rd Feb 2016


    Helps students think

    Great study guide. It gives the student the ability for critical thinking along with scripture references.

  • Posted by Susan T. on 7th Nov 2015


    My twin 15 year olds love it

    My twin 15 year old sons are really enjoying the study. They like the format as it is easy to follow. I find it easy to see their progress as well. Thank you for this excellent resource that helps us to dig deeper into the meaning behind the words.

  • Posted by Julie M. on 2nd Sep 2015


    I love and enjoy these

    I love and enjoy all of the study guides. They really make students think.

  • Posted by Tracy N. on 4th Mar 2015


    I love it

    I love it. I have been very happy with every study guide I have purchased, although I would like if they had quizzes and/or tests as well.

  • Posted by Sara M. on 7th Sep 2014



    My son is really enjoying this study. He has difficulty sometimes with getting thoughts to paper, but hasn't had issue with this. He says it's awesome and he loves the set up and how the guide works. The online answering is wonderful! Look forward to the next book we choose!

  • Posted by Sara M. on 22nd Aug 2014


    My son is really enjoying it

    My son is really enjoying the guide. It is providing a variety of assignments and options, and we love the easy online answering.

  • Posted by Marla K. on 15th Aug 2014


    Working on admissions portfolio

    On the interactive guides we would like to be able to print all the sentences she types for the College Admissions Portfolio. However, we are going to do as suggested and make an electronic section in her portfolio. Otherwise this curriculum has met our needs and more.