Apparently, actress Jacqueline Emerson is not the only teen who studied The Hunger Games books in high school: the video above was made by the staff of Bristol Eastern High School in Connecticut, for the school's own version of the fictional competition in Suzanne Collins' bestselling novels and in the highly-anticipated movie adaptation coming out on March 23rd.
Teacher Janet Kenny dressed up as Effie Trinket to conduct the reaping and selected the names of one boy and one girl tribute from "districts" -- grades nine through 12. The students, or "tributes," then scrambled to collect items from the "cornucopia" in the middle of the gym. Two months into the games, the tributes competed in games related trivia, fashion, cake decorating, and archery. The lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to see the film opening weekend.
Is this high school part of a larger trend of educators jumping on the HG bandwagon? A recent blog post on Schools as Ecosystems, a website for educators, compared Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's "Race to the Top" education initiative to The Hunger Games, because Duncan wanted to create some friendly competition among districts. (School districts, that is.)
Of course, given the violent nature of the books, many educators and parents are asking the question, "How long should I wait before letting children read The Hunger Games?" The Scholastic website sets the target age as grades six to eight, but some parents are arguing it is more appropriate for middle school or high school students. One Indiana parent points to a section in the second novel, Catching Fire, which describes young girls who sell their bodies to get food, as an example of perhaps too-mature themes for a pre-teen audience.
So, what do you think? Does your school teach The Hunger Games, and should it? Sound off in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen!
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