One of my favorite novels to teach, I’ve revisited and revised my resources for The Giver by Lois Lowry, and included a comprehensive range of activities in order to enable a hassle-free, varied, and standards-aligned teaching of this great novel:
Each unit focuses on different aspects worth teaching (and standards-aligned). Here’s a list of the units included and the aspects that each unit focuses on:
- Chapter 1: Utopias - Are They Possible?
- Chapters 2-3: The Importance of Color
- Chapters 4-5: Story Structure: Expositions
- Chapters 6-7: Symbolism
- Chapters 8-9: Dystopian Fiction
- Chapters 10-11: Imagery & Descriptive Writing
- Chapters 12-13: Memories & Creative Writing
- Chapters 14-16: Themes & Conflicts
- Chapters 17-19: The Euthanasia Debate
- Chapters 20-23: Foreshadowing & Creative Writing
- After Reading: Whole Book Review & Assessment
In addition to the various activities designed specifically for reading the chapters listed above, each unit also includes the following:
1. Comprehension and Read & Respond Questions: These questions are designed to test comprehension, on the one hand, and to provide prompts for journal-style read-and-respond questions and critical discussions in class.
2. The Art of Storytelling: These activities introduce and/or review key elements of good storytelling and literature, including symbolism, themes, conflicts, setting, characterization, and foreshadowing. These activities focus on reading and close reading skills, engaging students critically and in-depth with the language and style of Lois Lowry’s novel.
3. The Giver in Context: These activities focus on key socio-historical, cultural, or other issues that are central to the novel, including the importance of shared memories, history, the euthanasia debate, social structures (dystopian and utopian societies), etc. These activities focus on speaking and listening skills, engaging the students to think and express themselves critically in various speaking and listening activities in class.
4. Teacher’s Guide + Answer Key - this provides model answers for all the activities - designed for teachers who are new to the novel, or veterans who wish to gain fresh insights.
5. Perfect for independent study and distance learning.
BONUS FILE: The Giver (Lois Lowry) Read & Response Journal + TEACHER’S GUIDE + ANSWERS
Included is an alternative to the reading comprehension questions: a Read & Response Journal for the entire novel. A chapter-by-chapter approach offers students a range of comprehension, close reading & discussion questions.
The journal can be used as a while-reading activity to facilitate students engaging with the important issues raised throughout. The questions can be part of reading homework assignments, can be discussed in pairs or groups in class, or used otherwise as writing prompts.
The unit of work includes a detailed TEACHER’S GUIDE that offers:
Summary of Key Chapters & Plot Points
Commentary about Central Themes & Issues
Critical Commentary of Language & Style, including Narration & Point of View, Allegory, Symbolism, Setting, Context of Composition & Interpretation, Literary Qualities & Controversial Issues
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