By now, I’ve read The Hunger Games several times, but this time, I got to teach it. When I was assigned to teach the same English Composition II course that I’ve taught the last four years in a row, I was initially disappointed. I had been hoping to test out a new survey course. I consoled myself by deciding to teach a new book, and with a theme of social justice and storytelling, I landed on The Hunger Games. Most of my students were pretty excited, though one had included in the get-to-know you homework questions about why we weren’t reading real books like Brave New World or 1984. I appreciate the enthusiasm for dystopian classics, though I definitely think that Collins is onto something that’s really relevant and current for our post-9/11 culture. Read my full review for the new insight I gleaned this time around. Hint: it involves Thresh.
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