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Jessika Richter
(Lund - Sweden)

The short and sweet: I have been a passionate teacher since 2001.  I first worked with the National Park Service in Washington (state), then moved to Australia where I completed my DipEd at the University of Melbourne and then taught at Hailebury  ...

Resources for The Giver

The Giver

A Shmoop study guide for The Giver by Lois Lowry. Includes overview and study questions.

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Symbolism in The Giver

designed to help teach a novel unit on The Giver

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The Giver - Lois Lowry (Unit)

This is a unit I developed on The Giver, by Lois Lowry.

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The Giver


Students will explore the implications of a society where personal freedom is eliminated for the benefit of all. Through the use of provocative questions, studies in contemporary issues in their school and nation, and reading of The Giver students will come to terms with their own understanding of this essential question: How much should a government be able to control your individual rights for the benefit of the society? Other essential questions include: Could something intended for the good of society really be bad? What makes an ideal society?
Repository Citation
Garza, Melissa, "The Giver" (2005). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 3.
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The Giver: Lesson plans and other teaching resources

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lesson plans and other teaching resources - See more at: http://www.webenglishteacher.com/the-giver-lesson-plans.html#sthash.d2vIs2Mi.dpuf

Lois Lowry
The author's official site.

Teacher Guide to The Giver
How might students use storyboards to demonstrate and to extend their learning? Check the resources here. Includes essential questions, plot diagram, character maps, exploration of dystopiansocieties, key themes, motifs and symbols, vocabulary, and more. Note: Storyboard That helps sponsor this site.

The Giver
Activities to support reading: This Date in History, Historical Jigsaw puzzle from LOC, Informational Chart, Formulate a Career Plan, Utopic Research of 3 utopian communities, Memory Treasure Chest.

The Giver
A message from the author, booktalk, pre-reading activity, thematic connections, interdisciplinary projects, vocabulary, and related titles.

The Giver
Quotations for close reading and discussion, divided by chapter.

The Giver
A black-and-white activity designed as a followup to the novel.

The Giver
Students explore the effect of different colors as an introduction to the idea of "no-color" in the book.

The Giver
Designed for grades 7 and 8, this novel guide includes theme openers, crosscurricular activities, research assignments, and related readings.

The Giver
Pre-reading activities, vocabulary, writing activities for during reading, after reading suggestions, and related links.

New 8/23The Giver: 7 Creative Classroom Activities
Job Fair, Memory Book, Travel Brochure, 90-second Video Adaptation, Cover Redesign, Emotional Rainbow, Community Newspaper. Great ideas for helping students connect to the text.

The Giver Educator's Resource Guide
Discussion questions, writing prompts, cross-curricular connections, debate topics. academic vocabulary like irony, turning point. Designed to accompany the 2014 film. 28 pages; Adobe Reader required.

The Giver — Authority
A unit lesson that will have students be researchers and recorders in the process of finding information on Utopian societies, cults and authority. Students will complete a Powerpoint, Glogster, essay or news broadcast by the conclusion of the essay.

The Giver: Crossword
Crossword puzzle with answers. Access requires Adobe Reader.

Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs 
From the site: "By discussing the importance of having a written history of humanity, and the ways in which prior knowledge and life experiences influence others, students soon realize the horror of Jonas's utopian society. This understanding generates a keen interest in the descriptive writing of students' own history."

Teaching Problem Solving Through The Giver
In this blog post a teacher describes a prewriting strategy that helped students narrow a topic before writing an argument paragraph.

Vocabulary from The Giver
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of recent use, more.

Word Search: The Giver
This 2-page printable requires Adobe Reader for access, includes answers.

Word Unscramble: The Giver
A list of 16 scrambled words drawn from the book. This 2-page printable requires Adobe Reader for access, includes answers.

Lois Lowry
Links to lesson plans for other works by Lowry.

- See more at: http://www.webenglishteacher.com/the-giver-lesson-plans.html#sthash.d2vIs2Mi.dpuf

The Giver Resources - by movie producers

Walden Media has an activity booklet on their website containing a variety of activities to go along with the novel, The Giver, and movie. Click here to download the PDF from Walden Media. A Learning Resources page has been developed, along with other resources, to support the discussion of the movie or use of the DVD in the classroom after it is released to the public.