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Students pay tribute to Hunger Games
|Friday, 02 December 2011|
The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy of books written by Suzanne Collins. The first-person stories are set in a post-apocalyptic U.S. (now called Panem) where young people are forced to play a televised game in which only the winner survives. The books have been very popular with students and staff over the past two years.
There were a host of events and foods related to themes in the book. Activities included Cornucopia (where students were asked, “if you were the Head Gamemaker, what would you pack in the Cornucopia?”); Panem Design (where students speculated on what the former U.S. would look like as Panem, including where the districts would be) and a bulletin-board debate entitled “Gale versus Peeta.” Book-related snacks included Peeta’s Famous Cheese Buns, Capitol (Hot) Chocolate, Goat Cheese & Apple Tarts, Flower Cookies, Purple Melon and Mint Leaves (all of which have significance for those who’ve enjoyed the books).
After enjoying the activities and snacks, participants took part in a “Reaping” to divide the group into three teams for Hunger Games Jeopardy, played on the big screen with electronic scoring, buzzers and official theme music. Competition was fierce, with groups debating over Gale’s last name, Katniss’s favourite food, Peeta’s prep team and other trivia taken from the trilogy: Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. All teams – Jabberjays, Trackerjackers and Mockingjays – did very well. As always, we were impressed with how much detail the readers have retained, and how very seriously they take Jeopardy!
- By Mrs. Shelagh Straughan, librarian