Entering the Arena: The Figured Worlds Transition of Preservice Teachers


  • Jane M. Saunders,

  • Gwynne Ellen Ash


The article describes a semester-long project that draws on Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games as a resource and over-arching theme for preservice taking a content area literacy course. We examine how prepare preservice teachers learn to connect written texts to content area (disciplinary) literacy and consider ways to prepare them for the myriad hidden rules of teaching in today's complex public school environments. Included are examples from our students’ work, as is a detailed description of our over-arching goals for The Hunger Games Achievements project.