Lesson Plan

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 8 to 10

About the Author: This lesson was written for MediaSmarts by Neil Andersen, President, Association for Media Literacy and Past Board Member, MediaSmarts.


This lesson examines the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, some of its promotions, and social justice activists’ responses. It explores values messages within the movie and in its promotions and invites students to consider the functions of stories beyond entertainment and how they might be used to motivate action. It also invites students to consider issues of independence and interdependence in the movie and in their lives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will recognize and appreciate roles of media in communication, society, and their personal lives
  • Students will recognize the ways in which media shape messages and construct a sense of what the world is or how it works
  • Students will explore and assess media messages, including their sources, intents, and values

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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