Write a letter to the author of The Giver.  write a letter to the auther of the giver (lois lowry) asking questions, and what you want to know about the book. Then write a question pretending to...

Write a letter to the author of The Giver.


write a letter to the auther of the giver (lois lowry) asking questions, and what you want to know about the book.

Then write a question pretending to be a character in the book to another character in the book.


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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One of the most interesting elements about Lowry's work is its parallels to the modern setting.  While you will have to write this letter based on what you think is important in the work and the issues that you would like to explore, the connections or parallels between modern society and the social order featured in the book might be a good starting point and gauging the author's view on this could serve to be a good basis for a letter.  Another topic that could be delved into and analyzed into a letter would be what lessons can be learned from Jonas' experience and how his narrative has modern implications.  In the final analysis, I think that you will have to determine what you think are interesting points to write.

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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I can't write the letter for you, but I can give you some examples of questions I would like to ask Lois Lowry, the author of The Giver.  First, The Giver is often accompanied by two other of Lowry's novels, Gathering Blue and The Messenger.  I would ask the author if she believes these books should be read in a certain order.  Secondly, many people have different interpretations of the book's ending.  I always read the book's ending to be happy, that the two little boys make it safely to another community in which they will be loved and accepted.  Some, however, read the ending and think the two little boys perish before they make it to the next community.  I would ask her if she could perhaps give some insight into the ending, and see how she feels people should read it.  It is also interesting to hear how an author goes about writing a book.  Does she have any superstitions or rituals she does before, during, and after writing?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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We can not really write a letter for you on this site, but I can give you some ideas.

My first question to the author would be about why she thinks this community is possible.  Does she think we are moving towards such a society?  If so, why?

My second question would be about a detail from the book.  I want to know how they can keep having enough children to keep their population up.  We find out that there are only three birth mothers chosen from each year.  And they each only have three kids.  I don't see how that gets them to be able to have as many kids in each age group as they do.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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"The Giver" represents the effort of a society to have comfort and continuance.  I would ask the author,  "What had started her thinking about living in a society like the one in the book?"

I would ask the author, "What was the eventual true outcome for Jonas and Gabriel?"

Lois Lowery has written several books with themes that include governments that control the people's lives.  I would want to know why this is a familiar theme for her and does she identify any correlation of her books to societies that exist or have existed.

Most of all, you have o decide what you have enjoyed about the book and what troubled you in the book.  Authors like to hear good things about their works.  You may also have found some things disturbing in the book.

I wonder if it bothered the writer when she wrote the part about Jonas' father injecting the infant in the head with he serum that caused the infant's death?

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