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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Pixton Lesson Plan on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map
  • Plot Diagram

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Pixton Lesson Plan on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Pixton Lesson Plan on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Main Characters

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Katniss Everdeen from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Katniss Everdeen

    The protagonist and face of the revolution

  • Peeta Mellark from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Peeta Mellark

    The fellow tribute and friend of Katniss

  • Haymitch Abernathy from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Haymitch Abernathy

    Katniss’ and Peeta’s trainer

  • Effie Trinket from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Effie Trinket

    Katniss’ and Peeta’s escort

  • Gale from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Gale

    Katniss’s closest friend and hunting partner

  • Prim Everdeen from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Prim Everdeen

    Katniss’s little sister

  • Mother (Everdeen) from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Mother (Everdeen)

    Katniss’s mother

  • President Coin from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    President Coin

    President of District 13, leads the rebellion

  • Finnick Odair from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Finnick Odair

    A fellow tribute and ally to Katniss

  • Caesar Flickerman from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Caesar Flickerman

    The television host

  • Plutarch Heavensbee from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Plutarch Heavensbee

    The Head Gamemaker, organizing the rebels

  • President Snow from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    President Snow

    The president of Panem

  • Delly Cartwright from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Delly Cartwright

    Peeta and Katniss’s schoolmate

  • Romulus Thread from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Romulus Thread

    The final head peacekeeper of District 12

  • Dalton from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Dalton

    A District 10 refugee living in District 13

  • Boggs from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Boggs

    One of Katniss’ bodyguards and friends

  • Annie from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Annie

    Finnick Odair’s love

  • Buttercup from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Buttercup

    Prim’s cat whom Katniss doesn’t like

  • Johanna Mason from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Johanna Mason

    A fellow tribute and ally to Katniss

  • Cressida from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Cressida

    The director of the propaganda crew

  • Messalla from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Messalla

    Cressida’s assistant

  • Commander Paylor from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Commander Paylor

    The lead rebel from District 8

  • Castor from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Castor

    One of Katniss’s cameramen

  • Pollux from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Pollux

    One of Katniss’s cameramen

  • Lyme from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Lyme

    A commanding rebel from District 2

  • Soldier York from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Soldier York

    The woman who runs battle training

  • Jackson from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Jackson

    One of Katniss’s bodyguards

  • Leeg 1 and Leeg 2 from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Leeg 1 and Leeg 2

    Sisters from District 13 allied with Katniss

  • Mitchell and Homes from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Mitchell and Homes

    Sharpshooters in Katniss’ unit.

  • Darius from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Darius

    A Peacekeeper from District 12

  • Tigris from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Tigris

    A stylist from the Hunger Games who helps Katniss

  • Dr. Aurelius from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Dr. Aurelius

    Katniss’s “head doctor”

  • Cinna from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    Cinna

    Katniss’s stylist

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Teacher Guide

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • In the novel "Catching Fire", the mockingjay became an important symbol. What does it symbolize? How did it start?

  • At the end of "Catching Fire'" Katniss is enraged with Haymitch for letting The Capitol take Peeta. What do you think she will do? What would you do in Katniss’ position?

  • To review the first two novels, create a quick characterization Mind Map of the main characters: Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Gale, President Snow. Share as a class.

  • At the end of "Catching Fire," who is alive and who is dead? Make a list, as well as a list for the people whose fates we are unsure of.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Graphic Novel, Mind Map, or ...
    Imagery

    Complete after reading chapter 12.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the novel.

    View Activity
  • Make a Mind Map or Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the novel.

    View Activity
  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel to represent the book in 28 panels (1 panel per chapter).

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • What is the twist at the end of the rebellion? Would you have done the same?

  • Do you like the way this trilogy ends? If so, why? If not, how would you change it?

  • How does this trilogy change the way society looks at women in the media?
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Pixton Activity: Mockingjay 1 Imagery

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Create a comic using 1-4 panels, choosing one of these three scenes from Mockingjay to illustrate.

Be sure to read the chosen section of the book carefully, paying attention to details.

  • Katniss going to District 12 for important items and the cat (Chapter 1)
  • Katniss agreeing to be the Mockingjay (Chapter 3)
  • Peeta and Katniss seeing each other for the first time since they were separated (Chapter 12)

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Imagery

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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Imagery in “Mockingjay” by Student

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Pixton Activity: Mockingjay 2 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Instructions

Summarize Mockingjay in a six-panel Plot Diagram.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point of the plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), as well as for the main conflict.

  • Be sure to identify the key points that are essential in defining each specific act.

  • Think about relevant quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The plot diagram is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The plot diagram is accurate, well developed, with consistent use of details. The plot diagram is complete and accurate; lacks consistent use of specific details. The plot diagram is basic; has several errors,or lacks detail. The plot diagram is inaccurate and difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• all panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

Example Plot Diagram

Conflict and Plot of “Mockingjay” by Student
ExpositionWith Peeta captured by the Capitol, Katniss visits a destroyed District 12, and comes to fully realize the damage the Capitol has done, both on personal and district-wide levels. Main ConflictAfter seeing a video of Peeta from the Capitol, Katniss agrees to be the Mockingjay, the face of the rebellion. In exchange, she asks for immunity for Peeta, and for the chance to kill Snow when the time comes. Rising ActionKatniss makes short movie clips, called "propos," for the rebellion. Meanwhile, Peeta is rescued. Upon returning, it is discovered that Peeta has been brainwashed and thinks Katniss is the enemy. Later, Katniss, Gale, and Finnick are assigned to a team going to the Capitol, where Katniss plans to find Snow and kill him. Peeta, who is getting better, is also assigned, which makes Katniss fear for her life. ClimaxJust before reaching Snow, Katniss sees her sister, Prim, die in the battle. The rebels catch Snow and Katniss visits him. Snow explains that President Coin is the one to blame for her sister's death, and she later finds out Gale was directly related to her death as well. She cannot forgive him. Falling ActionKatniss is given the chance to finally kill Snow. At the last second, however, she shoots and kills Coin instead, although Snow dies as well. DenouementKatniss is banished back to District 12, along with Haymitch. Peeta soon joins them. Katniss finally starts to heal from the death of her sister, and Peeta and Katniss rebuild their loving relationship, eventually starting a family.

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Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
ExpositionCinderella lives a humble life with her father, and is very happy. However, soon after taking a new wife, Cinderella's father passes away. Main ConflictWith her new husband now deceased, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters take over the house. Rather than welcoming Cinderella into the family, they make her a servant and treat her cruelly. Rising ActionThe Prince, looking to get married, announces there will be a ball for all the ladies in the kingdom to attend. Cinderella plans to go but her stepsisters ruin her dress. As she sits in tears, her fairy godmother appears and gives her everything she needs for a grand experience at the ball. But there is a catch; at midnight, everything will return to how it was before. ClimaxCinderella enters the ballroom and immediately catches Prince Charming's eye. After a night of dancing, the two are in love. Cinderella loses track of time, however, and when the clock strikes midnight, she flees from the ball. Prince Charming is left with nothing but her glass slipper. Falling ActionThe prince is determined to find the mysterious woman from the ball. He sends his men to visit every household in the kingdom and have them try on the glass slipper. The woman whom the shoe fits will be the new princess. DenouementAt last, Cinderella gets a chance to try on the glass slipper and it fits perfectly. Prince Charming knows she is the one he fell in love with at the ball. He rescues her from her wicked stepfamily and they live happily ever after.
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Pixton Activity: Mockingjay 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard

Intro

Three major themes in Mockingjay are:

  • The power of the media
  • The price of war
  • Fear vs. freedom

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two examples in the novel and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the chapter number in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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