Be The Gamemaker

Students, with the release of the long awaited movie, I thought this prompt would be fun to do. Follow the directions and be sure to include all the details a prompt like this requires. (Two quality paragraphs)

Muttations ~ If You Were A Tribute

A mockingjay.

They’re funny birds and something of a slap in the face to the Capitol. During the rebellion, the Capitol bred a series of genetically altered animals as weapons. The common term for them was muttations, or sometimes mutts for short. One was a special bird called a jabberjay that had the ability to memorize and repeat whole human conversations.

Eventually the jabberjays mated with female mockingbirds.

And a whole new species was created that could replicate both bird whistles and human melodies. Mockingjays had the ability to enunciate words but could still mimic a range of human vocal sounds and even recreate songs (Collins, 42-43).

Prompt 1: Students, this week I would like for you to create your own muttation or mutt by combining any two animal species you like. Be creative and imaginative!

Name your muttation and tell what its primary purpose would be. (1 paragraph) One example from last year: The Cheese (cheetah/horse

Prompt 2: Okay, pretend you are a tribute in The Hunger Games and answer the following two prompts:

What is the skill that you would be best at and why?

And what would be your strategy at the start of the games? Explain fully



The Hunger Games ~ The Meaning of Names ~ What Does Yours Mean?

Students, as we begin The Hunger Games, I would like for you to pay special attention to the names of characters, places, and food eaten. All mean something and symbolize various themes in the book. Suzanne Collins is a masterful writer, nothing is left to chance.

Primrose Everdeen: Prim is Latin and means “first.” A primrose is a pale, yellow flower.

Gale Hawthorn: Gale is Hebrew for” wave of God” and a strong force or wind.” Hawthorn is a type of rosebush, thorny with flowering blooms.

Effie Trinket: Effie means “fair speech” Euphemia (her formal name) was a young Christian girl martyred because of her faith. She refused to take part in sacrifices and was tortured.

Haymitch Abernathy: Ralph Abernathy was a famous civil rights leader.

Peeta Mellark: Greek, means cake or pie. Peeta is the baker’s son (pita bread), also PETA is the acronym for the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals

Madge: Greek for pearl This is interesting: a pearl is a symbol of God as there is no beginning or end. It is known to represent love and knowledge and is a symbol of wisdom. The twelve gates of new Jerusalem are each apparently made of pearl=twelve districts?

Venia: Latin, the legendary mother of the Roman people

Octavia: eighth character in a Shakespeare play

Cinna: poet in one of Shakespeare’s plays

Portia: Latin, means “pig” also a character in Shakespeare’s plays

Flavius: Latin “golden” golden lipstick is his trademark along with his orange-ish curls

Katniss Everdeen: Katniss plant is a broadleaf plant with arrowhead shaped leaves. Coincidence that arrows are her thing? I think not.







What does your name mean? You’ll need to look it up. You just may be surprised!

Does its meaning describe you?

In reference to Katniss and Peeta laughing about Haymitch: “You know your mentor is your lifeline to the world in these Games. The one who advises you, lines up your sponsors, and dictates the presentation of any gifts. Haymitch can well be the difference between your life and your death.” (Effie)

Just then, Haymitch staggers into the compartment. “I miss supper?” he says in a slurred voice. Then he vomits all over the expensive carpet and falls in the mess.

“So laugh away!” says Effie Trinket. She hops in her pointy shoes around the pool of vomit and flees the room.


What particular part of the reading so far stands out for you?



It’s How You Play The Game ~ The Hunger Games

imagesThe Mockingjay (jabberjay and a mockingbird)

Tracker Jackers “Killer wasps that were spawned in a lab and strategically placed, like land mines, around the districts during the war” (Collins 185).

“During the rebellion, the Capitol bred a series of genetically altered animals as weapons. The common term for them was muttations or sometimes mutts for short” (Collins 42).

If you were to create a muttation from two known animals what would it be? What would the name of your mutt be and what would be its purpose?

The Cornucopia. A symbol of abundance.

If you were a tribute in the games what would be your strategy at the start? Would you make a run for the cornucopia? Also, would you try to form an alliance, or would you prefer to work alone?

Our Hunger Games Simulation

We will need five generic questions that can generate specific answers for our game simulation.

In preparation for our simulation, can you suggest one generic question that can generate a specific answer?

Let’s see if we can come up with five. If you like one that someone else offers, please say so in your response. One good possibility is: What is your favorite food? We’ll pick the top five.