MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit that advocates digital and media literacy for youth and designs tools that teach critical thinking in the realms of contemporary media. This lesson, intended for grades eight through ten, invites students to critically examine the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as well as the promotions that surrounded the film's release and some responses from prominent social justice activists. The lesson outlines learning outcomes, explores background, provides a brief overview of plot and themes, and then offers a three-part section, in which educators are encouraged to explore themes of Becoming (in terms of what kind of adult Katniss is deciding to become), Independence and Interdependence, and Values. The lesson plan includes more than two dozen questions that will spark discussion in the classroom, as well as links to resources from the web.
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