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These Hunger Games: The Reaping

The Thinkers

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Adam Smith

Baron de Montesquieu

Ben Franklin

Betty Friedan

Catherine II

Cesare Beccaria

Eleanor Roosevelt

Immanuel Kant

Johann Sebastian Bach

Francis Bacon

Denis Diderot

Edmund Burke

Elon Musk

Frederick II


George Frideric Handel

Gotfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Isaac Newton

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Jean Le Rond d'Almbert

John Locke

Ludwig van Beethoven

Marie Curie

Marie Olympe de Gouges

Marquis de Condorcet

Mary Wollstonecraft

Olaudah Equiano

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Stephen Hawkings

Temple Grandin

Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Paine

Touissant Louverture

Vincent de Fournay

William Shakespeare

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


So what more is there to learn?  What can you do with the background information you find?

  You know when your person was born and when they died.  Search a date range.  Do you know what was going on in the world during their lifetime?  During their crucial work?  

Ask yourself:  How did the world around my thinker influence how they viewed the world?

  You may have learned about personal circumstances (poverty or wealth, family life, etc.).

Ask yourself:  How did my thinker's circumstances within that world impact his or her thinking?

  You may have learned about other enlightenment thinkers your thinker knew or admired.  Do a bit of research into that person as well.  

Ask yourself:  How did this person influence my thinker?



The Training

In preparation for the games, you will be conducting and  sharing research on one of the great thinkers of The Enlightenment. Use the prompts on the Enlightened Thinker Worksheet, below, to get started.

 Biographical Pre-Search 
 Biographical Pre-Search Template 


By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~Benjamin Franklin 


In Suzanne Collins The Hunger games, competitors trained in preparation for the challenge they faced.  In these games, you will research will provide you with the skills and tools you'll need for success.  

During your research you will track down important and specific biographical elements, focusing your efforts on discovering WHAT this individual contributed to the Enlightenment and WHY this was important.  

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." ~Sir Isaac Newton

These games require that you cite all of your sources in proper bibliographic format as evidence of your success.

 Use at least two sources (not including a general encyclopedia, your textbook or your packet).

 Share your citations with your teacher and your librarian using NoodleTools.

The Interviews

"Reading furnishes the mind only with the materials of knowledge;
it is thinking that makes what we read ours."
~ John Locke


In Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games, a televised interview of each tribute provides the public with their first impressions of the competitors. Through their presentation, tributes can gain the favor and sponsorship of powerful citizens.

In these games, you will prepare and present to the class, using Prezi or PowerPoint. Other modes of presentation may be used upon approval of your teacher.

Assuming the identity of the thinker you have researched, your presentation must include:

 Your portrait (an image of the thinker you represent)
 A thesis statement that demonstrates why you (the thinker) represent the best of Enlightenment thinking.
 Answers to the following questions, as the Thinker:

  • When and where were you were born/raised/educated.
  • What factors in your upbringing influenced your great ideas.
  • What ideals of the Enlightenment do your ideas represent (reason, nature, happiness, progress, liberty)?
  • What are your most important ideas? (Help your classmates understand these by providing explanation.)
  • What are the greatest contributions you havemade to society (be specific)?
  • How might the world be different had you never existed?

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