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Appropriate grade levels for teaching The Giver

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The Giver is typically taught in middle school, specifically in grades 6-8. It is suitable for these grade levels due to its themes of individuality, conformity, and the importance of memory, which resonate with young adolescents. The novel's complexity and thought-provoking content also make it appropriate for discussions and analysis in these grades.

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

As far as the literary style and complexity of prose is concerned I would agree that it is for middle school years. However, thematically I believe that it can engage older, even college students, to negotiate complex philosophical themes which include those mentioned in other answers, but can be expanded to include the relationship between emotions and reason, moral judgment, happiness, justice, the relationship between political freedom and equality. This could be accomplished by introducing alternative readings (the literature abounds) that are more age appropriate and/or class assignments. Again this would depend upon the learning outcomes and student level.

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

Post 7 brings up a good point about the issues perhaps being too complex for elementary students to fully grasp. I'm not sure the idea of government-enforced euthanasia would be possible to understand for the average elementary student. I still think that gifted 5th graders could probably read the novel, though some of its depth might be lost. Some of the more complex themes of failed Utopia would be better for a higher grade level.

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

I think The Giver is perfect for middle school age students. The writing level and style appeal to the middle school student, as well as the content. I'm not sure that elementary students would have the sophistication to understand all the themes, while high school students might find it boring and too easy. I think it is a great book for engaging middle school students in thinking about bigger issues, because they can still relate it to their own feelings.

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

I agree with the other posters that this book is most appropriate for the middle to high school age group. I'm not sure that I would have wanted my daughters to read this book in elementary school as some of the issues addressed in the novel are difficult to understand and discuss for lower age groups.

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

I think The Giver can be utilized effectively anywhere from 5th to 9th grade... especially in a low-level 9th grade class. The content can be easily understood by a gifted 5th grader, but the themes and literary devices used within the novel can also be expanded and practiced by middle and early high school students as well. It is a great book to get students interested in reading, as most students respond relatively well to the novel.

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

In the school where I work, it is taught at Grades 7 and 8 roughly, depending on the teacher and what they feel happy with. It is definitely not a book for Grades 10 and above, I think, but at the same time I think you need to possess a certain amount of maturity to be able to discuss some of the issues arising from this excellent book.

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

Middle school is my first thought, but I have also had many low-level reading students on the high school level read this book for practice with reading comprehension and fluency.  My son has read this book and he is in the sixth grade.  I tend to believe that it might depend on the maturity of the child, but for a blanket audience, I vote for middle school (5-8 grades).

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

I agree with the previous post -- it is a great book for the middle school student.  It is a rich and layered novel, but assessble for that age.  It is too simple for high school students who need a more complicated plot and are ready to read and analyze for more than character and theme.

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For what grade levels is The Giver most appropriate?

Content-wise, I think that this is a middle school book.  To me, the importance of this book is that it gets students to think about how the good and the bad of emotions are inseparable, about how we cannot be open to joy if we are not open to sorrow.  I think that this is a bit much for grade school kids.  My daughter read the book when she was 8 and she liked it, but she really didn't get the full meaning of the theme.  So I think that kids have to be a bit further along before they can truly appreciate the book.

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

I have experienced "The Giver" in a college course on utopian/distopian literature, as well. I think this book works on many levels, and although it is technically on a 4.5 grade reading level, it offers a lot to discuss.

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

I think that this book is great for middle-school children.  I would suggest reading it with eighth grade students.

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

It may be true for some students and parents that the theme in the "Giver" may be acceptable as a work of science fiction in a utopian society.  What about the teacher who is not sure whether to use the book due to more sensitive families?  I would suggest using the book as part of a literature circle in which the student may choose or not choose the book.  That way, if there is an argument, it is the choice of the child to take part in that particular book.

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

My seventh grade daughter is sitting next to me right now writing her final essay on The Giver. She is writing about how a utopia is not possible because of differences in people's definition of what a utopia would be. She says to tell you all that the book is easy for her, and that she doesn't think kids are bothered by the book's themes.

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

This book is on my district's 7th grade reading list. Some of the book's themes, such as infanticide, are a little difficult for 7th graders, though, in my opinion. The earliest grade I'd like to use it with is probably 9th.

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

When I taught middle school, this book was in our 6th grade curriculim, but many teachers felt that it should not be used until 8th grade, at least.  

The reasoning was not based in the difficulty/reading level, but in the themes presented: the concept of elderly and infants being "released", the arranged families, the state-mandated utopian societies.  These all seemed, to some, to be too advanced or controversial for those 6th graders.

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

I work in Bergen County, New Jersey, and in our school district they teach The Giver in the eighth grade. The students seem to love it and remember a great deal of it when I get them as freshmen.

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

That would depend on the level at which your students perform. Typically, The Giver is read at a middle-school level; however, I teach at a high school where the majority of students read below grade. I have done The Giver at the 9th grade level, and I have a fellow teacher that did it at the 10th grade level. At the end of the day, the book is a good read and a great way to introduce literary elements. It is alos an excellent way to introduce the idea of "utopias" and lends itself to student projects about community, family and the way in which societies function. All grade levels can benefit from this book!

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What grade level is appropriate for teaching The Giver?

Louis Lowry's The Giveris developmentally appropriate for an upper elementary to junior high setting, beginningg with the 5th grade and up. The reason for this is because students ages 11 and up are ready to conceptualize dystopian novels and dystopian societies, and know how to differentiate fantasy from reality. 

The Giver presents a good message that can appeal to that age group as well: Pain and suffering are not options, but neccesities for human development.  Pain can teach us to become stronger and better individuals. Therefore, to avoid or erase pain is equal to denying ourselves from our humanity. This is a very good point to make in a group of students of ages in which pain will present it self for the first time. It is also a story with a good axiom to put forward for students of that generation.

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Any idea why and for what grade it is appropriate to teach The Giver, written by Lois Lowry?

Hi there,

The Giver is one of my all time favorite novels to teach at the middle school level.  I have personally taught it with both advanced 6th graders and with regular 7th graders.  I would not recommend teaching it any lower than this because the students are unable to comprehend the complexities of the community, the act of giving and receiving memories, and the incredible sense of betrayal that Jonas feels.

When teaching it with both grades, I incorporated a photo journalism project that started with black and white pictures, and then evolved into color.  I even played with the digital images promoting red and subduing the other colors.  This had a profound impact on the students since they were able to see the world through Jonas's eyes.

This is a incredible novel and provokes some wonderful discussions.

Hope this helps,

Vanessa

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Any idea why and for what grade it is appropriate to teach The Giver, written by Lois Lowry?

Many teachers teach Lowry's The Giver in grades 7 and 8 (intermediate level).  However, as a department head, I, as well as my teachers, decided to teach it in our grade 9 English classes (junior?).  Although the level of difficulty with regards to reading the novel is not very difficult, teaching this novel in the context of a grade 9 class will allow the teacher to explore the themes much more profoundly.  Students at this age are a little more mature and are more prepared to discuss and to understand some of the complex issues presented in the novel.  This will allow for such discussions as euthanasia, utopia, communism... and so much more.

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