Analyzing Chapters 12-14 to Help Write a Narrative
Lesson 14 of 21
Objective: Students will be able to analyze a character's actions in a discussion and by writing a narrative from a specific point of view.
Today students got one of their last writing assignments for the year--writing a narrative of an event in The Hunger Games from a different point of view. We're looking at the part where Katniss is treed by the Career Tributes. Rue is in the next tree over and warns Katniss about the tracker jacker nest, which Katniss drops on the Career Tributes. She gets the boy and arrows after Glimmer dies and the reader realizes that Peeta is trying to protect her.
The narrative handout that I gave students outlines the requirements of the assignment, and I read through the list with students to make sure they understood the requirements.
In order to help students write their narratives, I asked them to analyze the events in Chapters 12 through 14. I asked students to consider what choices Katniss made, what caused her to make those decisions, and what effect those choices had. I asked them to consider how Haymitch may have been communicating with Katniss in order to help her survive. I asked them to consider the role the Gamemakers have in the Games. The answers to all these questions help students understand why Katniss is up in the tree surrounded by the Career Tributes.
I divided students into groups of four or five. In creating the groups, I made sure that my vocal discussion leaders were present in all groups. I didn't want one group filled with the quieter students while another group had all the talkers. Once students were in their groups, I asked them nominate a group leader, recorder, and an evidence person. The leader was responsible for making sure that the group stayed on task as well as making sure that everyone participated by asking every once in awhile, "What do you think?" The recorder was responsible for writing notes about what was discussed, and the evidence person was responsible for making sure that everyone was backing up their statements with evidence from the text.
In the discussion, students realized that
- Haymitch wasn't just going to give Katniss supplies. If she wasn't in immediate danger, if she was close to finding something herself, he was going to let her find it. In this case, water. Katniss' understanding of Haymitch helped her not give up, because she knew she was close because Haymitch wasn't giving her water.
- tying herself to the tree was a good survival tactic. It meant that she wouldn't fall out of the tree while she slept. However, the downside to tying herself in was that when the fire started, she lost valuable seconds untying herself.
- the Gamemakers' goal was to put on a good show. They created scenarios to drive the tributes together, which is why Katniss couldn't stay at the pond once she'd found water. That's when they created the fire to drive her toward the other tributes.
Responding in Writing
The last thing students did was write a response to the questions asked in their discussion.
The pictures in the resources of this section show seven students' responses to the questions.