Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Games Begin!

1. IWBAT edit sentences to ensure that verbs agree with subjects that include indefinite pronouns.
2. IWBAT support my claims with evidence from the text.

1. Do Now: Subject/Verb Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns

2. Homework CheckIndefinite Pronouns

3. Read The Hunger Games: Chapter 11 -- pp. 147-159 (audiobook part 1 -- 4:24:52 to 4:49:12)

4. Review How to Support Ideas with Evidence:

5. Partner & Small Group Discussions: some potential discussion questions include:
  1. The main character in The Hunger Games is a girl named Katniss Everdeen. Please list 4–5 qualities that make Katniss uniquely suited to fight in the games. 
  2. The setting of the Hunger Games is in the future—in a world where the government is corrupt and oppressive. What does it mean to have an oppressive form of government? Why does the government hold the Hunger Games each year? 
  3. Why does Katniss decide to put herself into the Games? Was this a good choice for her?
  4. Why is Katniss not very close to her mom? Who is she close to? Why?
  5. What did Peeta Mellark do to help Katniss after her father died and the family was starving to death Why did he do this? 
  6. How do you think Katniss feels about having Peeta as the other Tribute from District 12? 
  7. Katniss recognizes an Avox, or criminal, who serves them dinner in the Capitol. Where did she see her before? Why does Peeta help her cover up the fact that Katniss has seen her? 
  8. Katniss goes back and forth on whether she should trust Peeta as an ally. Why? 
  9. Haymitch wants Katniss and Peeta to pretend that they are a team and that they like one another. Why? 
  10. Katniss is rated very highly at the end of the training session for Tributes. Why? 
  11. Katniss and Peeta could be considered unusual Tributes by the Gamemakers. Why?
  12. Why is Katniss angry that Peeta confesses to being in love with her?
  13. Katniss’ interview with Caesar goes well and the crowd likes her. Why does Katniss find this surprising?
  14. Peeta is very likeable to the crowd. Why?
  15. What does Katniss find in the backpack that she snatches from in front of the Cornucopia? What else does she have to survive with?
  16. Does Katniss like Peeta?
  17. Who does Katniss trust the most?
  18. How does Katniss feel about the country of Panem? Why does she need to make her face "an indifferent mask" and be careful what she says in public?
  19. Describe the relationships of Katniss with Gale, with Prim, with her mother. How do those relationships define her personality? Why does she say about Peeta, "I feel like I owe him something, and I hate owing people." How does her early encounter with Peeta affect their relationship after they are chosen as tributes?
  20. How does the fact that the tributes are always on camera affect their behavior from the time they are chosen? Does it make it easier or harder for them to accept their fate? How are the "career tributes" different from the others?
  21. hy are the "tributes" given stylists and dressed so elaborately for the opening ceremony? Does this ceremony remind you of events in our world, either past or present? Compare those ceremonies in real life to the one in the story.
  22. When Peeta declares his love for Katniss in the interview, does he really mean it or did Haymitch create the "star-crossed lovers" story? What does Haymitch mean when he says, "It's all a big show. It's all how you're perceived." Why do they need to impress sponsors and what are those sponsors looking for when they are watching the Games?
  23. Before the Games start, Peeta tells Katniss, "...I want to die as myself ... I don't want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I'm not." What does this tell you about Peeta? What does he fear more than death? Is he able to stay true to himself during the Games?
  24. Why does Katniss ignore Haymitch's advice to head directly away from the Cornucopia? Did she do the right thing to fight for equipment? What are the most important skills she has for staying alive — her knowledge of nature? — her skill with bow and arrow? — her trapping ability? What qualities of her personality keep her going - her capacity for love? — her intelligence? — her self-control?

6.  Exit Slip: Choose any of the discussion questions above (or your own) to answer in a thoughtful paragraph, in which you make a claim and support it with evidence from the text. To be successful, you must:
  • make a clear, arguable claim related to the text
  • support the claim with evidence from the text
  • demonstrate command of conventions (capitalization, grammar, punctuation, spelling)
  • use formal style and professional presentation

Homework: Indefinite Pronouns #2

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