I utilize the film The Hunger Games (2012) in my upper-level, Social Stratification course to engage students, help students understand course material, provide an opportunity for students to practice using their sociological imaginations, and develop students' critical thinking skills (DeAngelis and Clark-Ibáñez 2008; Laz 2020; Walker...
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In this TRAILS resource, I share the presentation and reflection assignments with grading rubrics. I also include usage notes with the assignment procedure, further considerations, possible assignment modifications, a list of additional TRAILS assignments and activities utilizing science fiction, and references.
Learning Goals and Assessments
Increase students’ understanding of course concepts.
- Provide students with an opportunity to analyze a fictional world using the sociological perspective.
- Improve students’ critical thinking skills.
- Students produce and present 10 to 15-minute PowerPoint presentations in which they define sociological concepts, analyze the social world depicted in The Hunger Games, connect the fictional world of the film to the “real” world, and use ASA Style.
- The instructor leads a class discussion recapping the main themes in students’ presentations and posing further questions to the class.
- Students assess their learning and reflect on their experiences in a reflection assignment.