Update October 9, 2013
I’ve added 8 more Hunger Games resources here.


I haven’t read it.

I have seen it.

It seems like everyone I talk to has read The Hunger Games trilogy. Everyone I talk to tells me that I have to read it. Probably won’t happen. (I told my daughter that when she reads Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers, I’ll read The Hunger Games.)

So I have heard quite a bit about Katniss and District 12 and Peeta and . . . well, pretty much all of it. I also spent almost three hours last Friday night watching the movie. I get it. It’s a great story of courage, loyalty, oppression, and overcoming injustice.

A few years ago when the books were just coming out, I thought that there were pieces in the Hunger Games that teachers, especially geography teachers, could use to hook kids into instructional content. I liked the idea of using the Districts within the story to lead kids into some great discussion and learning about regions, human geography, and geography’s impact on who we are.

And there were some who disagreed.

But I said it then and I’ll continue to say it:

Some suggest that we shouldn’t have to use pop culture to teach social studies. I disagree. I will use pretty much whatever it takes to engage kids in content. And if the relationship between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale hooks students into a better understanding of civic and geographic concepts, we ought to be all over it.

At the time, teachers were pretty much on their own because there just wasn’t a lot out there to help integrate social studies themes from the Hunger Games into their instruction. That’s changed. A lot of stuff, both free and commercial, is now available.

I especially like the maps. And it’s interesting to notice how they all seem a bit different.

One quick exercise I would use would be to simply ask kids to compare and contrast the maps and then discuss why they might look different. If students have read the book, you might have kids create their own map and justify why their map looks the way it does. This could lead into a deeper look at US regions and how where we live affects who we are.

I’ve listed some more things below. You can find Panem maps, lesson plan ideas, worksheets, handouts, and a variety of other goodies.


Update May 4, 2012

Teaching with the Hunger Games

Map Links

Lesson Plan and Other Resources Links

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