Tracee Orman, a high school teacher in Illinois, recently spoke to The Hunger Games Examiner about the circumstances that led to her not only bringing in The Hunger Games books into the classroom, but also to create a teaching plan around them.
“I had a group of boys in a remedial freshmen English class in 2009 that seemed impossible to teach. They hated to read and most were suffering from attention deficit hyperactive-disorder, so they could barely sit still. After a week of class with them, I was seriously at a loss. I had never had such a difficult group to teach and had no idea what to do. That weekend, I went through the stack of books I always have waiting to be read on my nightstand (The Hunger Games had been sitting at the bottom for at least six months). So to take my mind off everything else, I started reading it. Then, of course, I couldn’t put it down. I went in on Monday morning and asked my principal if I could purchase a set of classroom books that I guaranteed these boys would love. Within three days, were we reading it in class.”
I wish I had these books to read when I was in school!
[Source: The Hunger Games Examiner]