The Giver Lesson Plans
by Lois Lowry

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Students navigate tough philosophical questions and begin to question the world around them as they read The Giver following our lessons and activities. In our all-inclusive lesson plan, you will find activities that can be performed in the classroom or at home in order to understand the underlying message and questions presented by the beloved Lois Lowry novel.

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  • The Giver eNotes Lesson Plan

    Learning Objectives: By the end of this unit, students should be able to explain how the novel shifts from a utopian to a dystopian story;  describe the role that our past plays in shaping our future;  explain the relationship between freedom and security in Jonas’s society;  explain how this novel acts...

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  • The Giver eNotes Reading Response Prompts

    In the early chapters of The Giver, what details does the author reveal about the setting? In particular, which parts of Jonas’s physical surroundings seem much different from the world as you know it? Jonas is curious about what exactly happens when a person is “released” from the community. What do you think...

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  • The Giver Themes Lesson Plan

    Theme Developed Through Motif: This lesson focuses on how Lowry employs color as a motif in developing major themes in the novel. Students will identify examples of color in the novel, place them in the context of Jonas’s experiences, describe the connotations of each color in context, and determine ideas...

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  • The Giver eNotes Teaching Guide

    This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of Lois Lowry’s The Giver before you begin teaching. Teaching The Giver to your students will give them insight into themes exploring the nature of empathy, the discovery of self, and the compromises individuals make to be part of society.

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