Other Lesson Plans
expertise: considerable or expert knowledge in a particular field of accomplishment
glum: sad, morose
horde: large group
permeated: spread throughout
suppressing: holding back
1. How does Jonas’s family learn it’s an unscheduled holiday?
The announcement comes from a speaker on the wall.
2. What has happened since Jonas stopped taking his pills four weeks earlier?
The effects of puberty, the Stirrings, have returned, and Jonas is once again having pleasurable dreams. He thinks they are in part due to the memories he has been receiving.
3. How has Jonas changed since he started receiving memories?
He now sees in color, and his observations and feelings have more depth. Words, too, are different to him now. He understands true anger, injustice, and cruelty; when Lily uses the word “angry” to describe her reaction to someone’s breaking the rules of a game, he corrects her in his thoughts. When his mother says she feels sad, he reflects on what true sadness is.
4. What are the other children doing for fun during the holiday? What reaction does Jonas have to their game? Why? What does his reaction indicate about him?
The children are playing “good guys and bad guys,” which involves “shooting” each other and pretending to die. Jonas had never before realized that they were playing war. Now that he knows the effects of real war, he is unable to enjoy the game. His earnest attempts to educate his friends simply ruin the game for them. They don’t have any context for understanding why he is upset. The burden of his knowledge continues to rob him of his innocence and to isolate him.
5. What big event does Jonas’s father have at work the following day?
A Birthmother is delivering identical twins. It is Jonas’s father’s job to weigh them once they are born, hand over the larger of the two to another Nurturer, and then clean up the smaller one. He then will perform a Ceremony of Release and say goodbye. When Jonas asks if someone from Elsewhere comes to pick up the smaller twin, he answers yes.