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The Giver: 8 Creative Class Activities
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a teacher’s dream novel. The complex dystopian plotline, dynamic characters, and thought-provoking themes provide so many opportunities for teachers to foster text-to-self and text-to-world connections. Critical thinking activities that allow students to empathize with the characters are a must-have in any novel unit. Below are 8 of my favorite activities for The Giver that do just that.
1. The Ceremony of 12 Simulation
This first activity is always a class favorite. It allows students to empathize with Jonas and his friends as they are assigned careers by the Chief Elder during the Ceremony of 12 .
How This Activity Works:
Welcome students to the classroom with a colorful poster for The Ceremony of Twelve. Once they are all settled, immediately transform into The Chief Elder. Address the class explaining that although they have spent the last 11 years learning to fit in and standardize their behavior, that this ceremony will celebrate their differences. Then, one-by-one present each student with their new job and a designated card that states all of the roles and responsibilities. After each student gets their assignment, have the rest of the class say in unison, “Thank you for your childhood.”
Give your students a choice of assignment. They can either fill out an application for a job switch or write a journal discussing their feelings on their new role in the community!
2. Seeing Beyond Activity
In The Giver , Jonas has the capacity to ‘see beyond.’ This means that Jonas, unlike the other members of the community, can use his senses from memory that allow him the ability to see color. This fun, seeing beyond class activity allows students to step into Jonas’ shoes to understand his ability to see beyond.
Students enter the classroom to a colorful poster welcoming them to Seeing Beyond. Ask them to circulate the room to different areas that have hidden image optical illusions. Some will be able to see the hidden pictures, while others will not.
After the activity, students work with partners to discuss how they felt when they were or were not able to see the hidden image. They will also discuss how it felt to successfully or unsuccessfully help someone else see the image and how this relates to the novel.
3. Memory Transmission Activity
Through his role as The Receiver, Jonas receives transmitted memories of the past from The Giver. This FREE memory transmission activity allows students to empathize with both Jonas and The Giver as they will both receive and transmit memories. This one has always been a real hit with my students!
Put a colorful poster on the door welcoming your class to The Giver’s Annex. Then, transform into The Giver and give each group of students descriptions of new memories that Jonas will receive.
Some of the memories involve painful memories, like homelessness, while others involve more positive memories like Neil Armstrong’s arrival on the moon! Students discuss prompting questions that will have them understand the value of keeping the world’s memories safe. After all the memories have been transmitted, they will shift into the role of The Giver. In this role, they will transmit one important historical memory to Jonas of their choosing.
4. The House of Old Activity
The elderly in The Giver are seemingly treated with the utmost respect and care in The House of Old , but the reader soon learns that things are not as positive as they appear. The elders of the community are killed (a.k.a released from society). This activity allows students to examine how the elderly are treated in different cultures/countries in the world and how this compares to how they are treated in Jonas’ community.
Students will enter the classroom to a colorful poster welcoming them to The House Of Old. They participate in small group discussions with information cards that provide details about how the elderly are treated in different cultures. When they are done, they fill in the blank card with how the elderly are treated in the novel and share with the rest of the class!
5. Dream Sharing Activity
In Jonas’ community, everyone must share any dreams they have with their family members. On the surface, dream sharing seems like a good way to keep open communication about inner feelings. In reality, however, it is another way that the government can keep control of the thoughts of their citizens and squash any independent thinking. This activity allows students to interpret their own dreams and consider what deeper meaning their dreams may have.
After reading chapter 6, a poster welcoming them to Dream Sharing greets students at the door. Break the class up into groups of 4 and tell each group to imagine they are family members. Each group receives dream prompt cards with common topics for dreams that have symbolic meanings. Each student shares a dream they remember which connects with one of the topics. If they can’t connect with any topic, they can share any dream they remember.
After everyone has shared their dreams, give each group the Dream Interpretation Cards that explain the symbolic significance of each dream topic. Students discuss and reflect on how it felt to reveal a dream and consider whether or not this would be a good practice in their everyday life.
6. A World Without Pain Activity
In Jonas’ community, members are sheltered from feeling any physical or emotional pain. While this theoretically seems like a peaceful way to live, Jonas soon learns that feeling no pain desensitizes people and doesn’t allow them to appreciate positive emotions. From pain, people are also able to learn from mistakes and avoid making those same mistakes again in the future. This activity brings this idea to the forefront by showing students a real-life example of someone who feels no pain.
Students work in groups to read information about people who feel no physical pain. You could have them research Gabby Gingras or Ashlyn Blocker, for example. As a group, students discuss whether or not they would like to live a life without physical pain and what challenges they might face if they chose yes. Then, they work with their group to brainstorm a list of advantages and disadvantages to living a life free of emotional pain.
7. The Telling of Feelings Activity
Jonas and his family participate in a nightly ritual called The Telling of Feelings where each person describes an emotion that they experienced during the day and discusses it with the others. Help students understand what this ritual would be like by forming classroom families and simulating the practice.
After reading chapter 2, put students into groups. It is preferable that groups consist of two boys and two girls, but it isn’t necessary. Tell them that the group is their new family and they are to assign roles (parents and siblings).
Each student gets a “Feelings Card” that they fill out in preparation for the ritual. Students must choose a precise word that describes a feeling they had that day. Each member of the group shares their feelings while the other members listen carefully.
After the ritual, have students discuss whether or not they could see themselves doing this with their family, if it would make a family closer, and why they think this is a required ritual in Jonas’ community.
8. Family Forming Activity
In The Giver , couples can only have 2 children as mandated by the government. While this may seem completely removed from the modern-day, this activity will teach students about China’s one-child policy and allow them to consider how it relates to the novel.
This activity works best with a bit of pre-reading discussion. Students discuss how they would react if the government limited the number of children they could have. Ask them if they think this could or would ever happen.
After some discussion, have them read an article or watch a video on China’s one-child policy. I have students record their thoughts as they read using a graphic organizer. The one I use has them consider their thoughts, what they learned, and something that surprised them. Ask students to make a connection between this policy and the events of the novel.
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Lesson Plans and Ideas for Teaching The Giver
11 activities for the giver.
Whether you substitute teach or have your own classes, you can never have too many quick activities and assignments on hand to fill the gaps that sometimes arise. Here are 11 good ones that will fit well with The Giver, but can also be used with any novel, play, or short story. And if you really want to save time and reduce your workload, download this full unit plan for The Giver and enjoy stress-free teaching for weeks. 1. Create a Quiz Students create a quiz for the novel, short story, or play being studied. They can use an online quiz-making site like quizyourfriends.com, or do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. 2. Character Horoscope Students write a Read More …
The Giver Memory Book
This lesson plan is a great way to really draw students into The Giver as they think about the importance of their own experiences and memories. Start by making a list of emotions – love, fear, anxiety, joy, jealousy, gratitude, etc. Get students to call them out, and make a master list on the board for them to copy into their notes. Ask your students to then create a Memory Book describing their own memories associated with each emotion. They can include written descriptions, photos, and drawings. Students can begin in class by listing the memories they want to include. They can then start writing their descriptions and collecting their photos and other elements at home. When the books are Read More …
Dystopian Literature Project
When I am teaching The Giver, I usually have my kids read and report on other examples of dystopian literature. There are so many fun books for them to choose from, many of them written in the last five years specifically for young adult readers. I have the notes and instructions all in a nice printable in my unit plan for The Giver, but you can copy and paste them from below to share with your class. Definitions Utopia = a community or society that is perfect, or nearly perfect Dystopia = a society that is undesirable or frightening Intro Dystopian literature often explores the dangers of trying to serve the greater good by repressing the needs of the individual. Read More …
Peace vs Freedom in The Giver
This is a great lesson plan for The Giver. It gets students to consider the what the objectives and consequences of rules are. You can then get your students to consider the rules of our own society from the perspectives of law makers and citizens. There are lots more lessons like this in my Ultimate Unit Plan for The Giver. You can download the full unit at http://englishunitplans.com/thegiver/ Instructions Context In all societies, people must determine what balance to have between rules and freedoms. In The Giver, Jonas’ society values stability, peace, and order over freedom and individuality. Strict rules govern all aspects of human behavior, all in an attempt to minimize the possibility of conflict. They have peace and Read More …
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- All written answers must be done in draft and then completed using the writing process , so that you have both a draft copy and a separate published copy.
- In the published copy there cannot be any spelling or punctuation errors.
- All written answers should be in handwriting and double spaced.
- If you are using a computer, then you must follow the ALL the golden rules . No exceptions.
- You must do all questions and related activities in the order that you read the book. That is, you must do questions related to the section that you reading.
- Read each section carefully. Think critically and carefully. I want imaginative, creative and THOUGHTFUL ideas.
- You will be give a due date for this assignment to be completed. It is large part of your language arts mark this term. No lates will be accepted, which means that you will receive an incomplete if you miss the deadline.
- Why does Jonas find it unsettling that he and Gabriel have similar eyes?
- Why do people take pills for the Stirrings?
- What does it mean when someone is released?
- How would you describe life in Jonas' community?
- Why don't Jonas and Lily know what "animal" means?
- Do you think there are cars, trucks, planes, buses, or trains within this community? Explain.
- Why might Father's interest in Gabe cause problems?
- Why do families tell one another their feelings and dreams each day?
- Why is interdependence fostered in the community?
- In what way do you think the apple changed when Jonas and Asher were tossing it?
- Significant detail: On the first page, how does the author alert you that there is something out of the ordinary about a plane flying over the community?
- Suspense: How does the author keep the reader as well as Jonas in suspense about his Assignment?
- How do you feel about the "standard practices" and "rituals" practiced in the community? Why? How do you feel about the punishment given for infractions?
- Would you want your future to be decided by others? Why or why not?
- Did you have a "comfort object" when you were younger? What did you call it?
- How do you feel about the way families are created in this community?
- Why does Jonas feel a separateness after the Ceremony?
- Why doesn't Jonas know about snow?
- How does Jonas change Gabe's life?
- Why are there speakers in every dwelling?
- Why does Jonas feel terror at not having an assignment at the beginning of the Ceremony of Twelve?
- What's the difference between being assigned and selected?
- What do you think happened to the girl who was chosen ten years ago?
- Why are people's homes called dwellings?
- Why does Jonas find the instruction about lying so disturbing.?
- Why don't people have more than three books?
- Why does The Giver say that making choices would be frightening for people?
- Why does Jonas begin to feel frustrated and angry?
- Why is The Receiver forbidden to share books or memories with other people?
- Do you think The Giver is happy with his life?
- What war does Jonas experience?
- Foreshadowing: How does the author foreshadow Jonas' gift?
- What is your reaction to the instructions Jonas receives?
- What would it be like to five in a world where you didn't experience color, sunshine, or animals?
- Why does Jonas lie to his parents about using the word "love?"
- Why was Rosemary's release a disaster for the community? Why was Rosemary's death a disaster for The Giver?
- What are some of the feelings that people in the community have not known?
- What is the hearing-beyond that The Giver speaks of.
- How does Jonas give the people memories?
- What memory (holiday) is The Giver's favorite?
- Why does Jonas see love in a family as dangerous?
- Why can't Jonas communicate with other children any more?
- Why do people assume that twins would be identical in all things?
- Why is Jonas' father so cheery when he releases the twin?
- Author's purpose: Why do you think the author called the book The Giver instead of The Receiver?
- What are some memories you would give to someone you care about?
- How would you feel about not living with your own family but with one to which you were assigned?
- How do you feel about the book's ending? What will happen to The Giver? the community? Jonas and Gabriel?
- that clearly describes in sentences, personal drawings, clip art pictures, symbols, personal photos, personal video/audio, or music five things that make your life meaningful — things without which life would not be the same.
- Use a storyboard to plan the content and layout of your presentation.
- Enhance presentation by adding graphics, music, inserting a movie clip or any type of multimedia available to you
- using Microsoft Publisher 97 that clearly relates to an event or events in the novel The Giver.
- Use a storyboard to plan the content and layout of your publication.
- Enhance your publication by adding graphics, music, inserting a movie clip or any type of multimedia available to you.
- Use your knowledge of the events from the novel, The Giver, to help you design a Web site using a storyboard.
- The content of this Web site must clearly connect with literary elements of the novel The Giver and include a brief prequel or sequel to the novel The Giver.
- Use a storyboard to plan the content and layout of your Web site.
- Enhance your Web site by adding graphics, music, inserting a movie clip or any type of multimedia available to you.
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