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Title: The Giver

The Giver
  • Agree / Disagree
  • Discussion Questions
  • (Pre-Reading)

Read and think about the statement, then write
AGREE or DISAGREE. Then, be sure to qualify!!
  • A society without competition, unemployment,
    hunger, and jealousy would be an ideal state in
    which to live.
  • Parents could raise their children much better if
    they did not love them so much.
  • Children who do not know their grandparents
    arent missing anything.

Agree or Disagree?
  • People who are born inferior (handicaps,
    disabilities, etc.) to others and persons who
    have become too old to be of any use in the
    workplace should be quietly put to death.
  • If society could just pick your occupation for
    you at the age of 12, it would be much simpler
    and it would help people avoid making hard
    choices about how to spend their lives.

Agree or Disagree?
  • All children should have equal possessions and
    privileges at a certain age, regardless of the
    status of their families.
  • If meals were delivered to homes each night and
    everyone in the community had the same dinner, it
    would be a lot better. Moms would not have to
    shop for groceries or waste time cooking meals
    and everybody would eat healthy.

Agree or Disagree?
  • Families would be much closer if they had to
    share all their feelings out loud at supper each
    night and share their dreams out loud at
    breakfast every morning.
  • We should not have to carry bad memories in our
    heads. It would be much better if all bad things
    were forgotten.

Agree or Disagree?
  • Colour, weather, and music are not really
    necessary things in life. They are really just
    frills and we could do just as well without them.
  • Families should not be allowed to have more than
    two children.

The Giver Novel Study Assignment
  • Phase 1
  • Complete the following tasks In your Novel Study
    scribbler. Use the class time provided throughout
    this unit to get a good chunk of this work
  • Phase 2
  • You will be given computer time to create a
    booklet containing good copies of your work from
    phase 1. Your booklet will have a cover page for
    the novel.
  • As always, be sure to look over the assessment
    rubric to ensure you are aware of how your work
    will be assessed.

The Giver
  • 1.Create a running list (add to it as you
    discover things) of ways Jonas community is
    different from ours.
  • 2.What do you think the term release means?
  • 3.Describe what each age ceremony entails. (This
    will also be a running listthe ceremony of
    one, etc.)

The Giver
  • 4. What do you think is meant by stirrings?
  • 5. What qualities has Jonas been identified as
    having that the Committee feels make him a
    candidate for the communitys next Receiver of
  • 6. List the eight instructions given to Jonas for
    the position of Receiver of Memory.

The Giver
  • 7. The Giver has transmitted the pain of a
    sunburn to Jonas who now feels he understands
    pain. The Giver appears sad and concerned.
  • Can you think of memories that he could transmit
    to Jonas that would be far more painful than the
    sunburn? (Just list several examplesno need to
    go into detailjust ideas!)

The Giver
  • 8. The transmission of memories to Jonas are
    described in terrific detail by Lois Lowry. The
    first transmission of snow and the elephant scene
    are two examples of the detailed, descriptive
    writing that provides imagery for the reader and
    allows us to really experience what Jonas is
    experiencing. (There are lots of examples in the
  • Pretend that you are The Giver. Think of a
    memory that you will transmit to Jonas. Then, you
    must attempt to describe it in a detailed,
    descriptive manner (as if you were writing it in
    the novel).
  • Hint Reread some of the transmissions of
    memories The Giver makes to Jonas. They are very
    descriptive. They are also written in the third
    person. Regardless of what memory you decide to
    transmit, your purpose is to create vivid

The Giver
  • Focus on Language
  • 9. Descriptive language
  • We talked a lot about Lois Lowrys skill as a
    writer. Find two examples of very descriptive /
    vivid passages from the book (visual imagery).
    Draw a detailed sketch of each and include the
    passage from the book below each one (as a
  • 10. Scavenger Hunt Find the following and copy
    into your scribbler
  • Find a complex sentence that uses more than one
    comma (,)
  • Find a complex sentence that uses a semi colon
  • Find a complex sentence that uses a comma and a
    semi colon in the same sentence.
  • Find a complex sentence that uses a dash ( - )
  • Find a descriptive / vivid sentence that creates
    imagery in your mind (a clear pictureyou can
    see it).
  • Find an example of one of Lois Lowrys really,
    really long sentences that demonstrate her skill
    with punctuation.

The Giver
  • 11.The following is a list of some of the
    issues (themes) that arise in the novel. In
    your own words, try to explain what role each
    issue plays in the book and try to compare/
    contrast with our own society. (Well eventually
    be sharing our thoughts/answers together in
  • Family structure and relationships
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Memories (and their purpose)
  • Color and Music
  • Release and capital punishment (death
  • Discipline of children / citizens (corporal
    punishment/spanking, chastisement, rules, etc.)
  • The idea of a perfect society (Utopian society)
    vs an imperfect (Dystopian society)
  • Individuality vs. sameness

The Giver
  • 12. See Skills notes on Euphemism as a literary
    devicefrom your Skills scribbler.
  • List several examples of the use of Euphemisms
    in The Giver.
  • Lucky 13. Vocabulary activity attached
  • 14. (Because it would be bad luck to stop at 13)
  • Response Opportunity
  • What did you think of the ending of the novel?

Outcomes 4 3 2 1
SCO 2.3 follow instructions and respond to questions and directions. (Read and follow directions for each task.) all questions
SCO 1.1 recognize that contributions from many are needed to generate and sustain discussion. (Overall participation during reading and discussion)
SCO 6.3 find evidence and examples in texts to support personal views about themes, issues, and situations. Q 1,3,5,6,10,11 (Demonstrate understanding of the story through your answers.)
SCO 1.3 express clearly and with conviction, a personal point of view, and be able to support that position. (written form) Q 2,4,7,14 (Demonstrating an ability to support your opinions.)
SCO 8.4 demonstrate an ability to integrate interesting effects in imaginative writing integrate detail that adds richness and density Q 8 (Adding detail and imagery through word choice, vocabulary, etc.)
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