Catching Fire

From Surviving to Thriving

Cover of "Catching Fire (The Second Book ...

I am disappointed. I haven’t had a chance to see the new movie, Catching Fire. (Life happens.) But friends and students have shared positive reviews. The trilogy continues to be popular with middle and high school students. My previous post on Resources for Teaching with The Hunger Games continues to be popular, so I decided to share resources for teaching Catching Fire. If there are other free resources you have used or if you have ideas you would like to share please comment below.


Aim higher in case you fall short.

― Pres. Snow, Catching Fire

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That’s just super

Earthquake Words/Erdbeben Wörter

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

This famous first line begins with the comparison “best and worst” and goes on to weigh up “wisdom and foolishness,” “belief and incredulity,” “Light and Darkness,” “the spring of hope and the winter of despair,” “everything and nothing,” “Heaven and the other way,” and “good and evil.” What struck me on reading this anew is the fact that the nearly all of polarities Dickens presents are the not the traditional adjectives and adverbs one sees in textbook lists of opposites – although those are represented through “best” and “worst” – but instead are abstract nouns. Yet, he ends the…

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