The Hunger Games

Grade Level: 
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Fiction Literature
Literary Response
Philanthropic Literature
Reading Literature
Book Title: The Hunger Games / Author: Suzanne Collins This literature guide was written by teens for teens to accompany the reading of this "resilience literature" teen fiction. The guide below provides before, during, and after-reading discussion questions and activities to guide reading comprehension and promote dialogue about issues of resilience, trust, independence, family, and community. This guide was written as an assignment in Mrs. Gresham's 11th grade literature class, and includes suggestions for community engagement.

This literature guide was created as part of an 11th grade project at Castle Park High School in Indiana. The students chose the book to read, produced a video book talk (link below) and wrote the following questions and project ideas to stimulate thought and action about real issues.

Book Talk for Hunger Games




  1. How can you relate the Hunger Games to any kind of games out there today?

  2. Can you relate Panem to any country or countries today?

  3. Can you compare Katniss and Gale to anybody in your life?

  4. Can you put yourself in Katniss’s position of being the mother figure of the family?



  1. I can compare Panem to where the United States is going today.
  2. I can also compare The Hunger Games to the gladiator games back in Roman history.

During Reading


  1. If you were Katniss, could you stay strong in your day to day life?

  2. Would have you saved the girl that got abducted by the hovering craft?

  3. How are all the districts similar to how the United States is layed out today?

  4. Do you think Katniss should have voluntered for her sister? Why or why not?

  5. Do you agree or disagree on how Panem treats their people?

  6. Can you compare Panem’s governement to the United State’s or any other countrys government?

  7. If you were in Gale’s position, would you try to persue Katniss or not?

  8. How would you have handled yourself if your sister had gotten called to be in the games, would have you voluntered or not? Why or why not?

  9. How do you feel about Peeta being partners with Katniss?

  10. When they get to the city, how do you feel about the way they are getting treated right before the games?

  11. In training, why do you think Katniss was scared that she shot the apple in the pigs mouth in front of the sponsers?

  12. Do you think Haymitchs advice to run as far away as you can was a good idea? Why or why not?

  13. As to going in to the games, do you think Katniss has confidence or not about winning?

  14. Can you compare the way Katniss went about during the games and the way the other tributes did things?

  15. Did you see Peeta and Katniss coming as a couple in the future? Why or why not?



  1. I can connect the way the government treats you right before a death row sentence, in the fact that they get really nice food and amenities right before they die.
  2. Can you relate to not growing up with a father at all?
  3. I can see that Peeta and Katniss are going grow with each other through this experience, can you?

After Reading


Overall, did you think it was a book well worth it? Why or why not?



  1. I can connect this to where our world is going, maybe not fast, but slowly.
  2. Similar idea to the Divergent series.



I think a good project that we could do is clothing, food and other items for the less fortunate, to just maybe help out a little bit.

Research the old gladiator games and write an essay comparing and contrasting with the Hunger Games.