1. Read the passage taken from the novel, Mockingjay. As you read, interact with the text by circling or underlining key words or phrases that stand out. In the space provided, record your thoughts. What do you think the song is about? What is happening in the song? Who are the speakers? What does the song make you think of? Why do you think Katniss chooses this song to sing?
2. Listen to the song. Be sure to follow along with the lyrics as you listen.
"What Was the Meaning of 'The Hanging Tree' Song in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1?"
3. Read the article. As you read, circle or underline key words or phrases that add new or additional meaning to the lyrics of the song. Record any additional thoughts in the margins.
Would the district rebels approve of "The Hanging Tree" being played as a remix on the radio? State your claim and be sure to support your opinion with evidence from the passage or the article.
Making connections: The author of the Huffington Post article mentions the song "Strange Fruit." In what ways are the two songs similar or different? Do you think Suzanne Collins had this song in mind when she wrote Mockingjay? Why or why not?