Giver, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 7-9

Setting: Futuristic

Genre: Sci Fi

Page Count: 60 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9 weeks

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Jonas's community is a perfect society. There is no pain or hunger, everyone is provided for, and there are no problems. A set of Rules governs everything from the formation of families, to standards for behavior, to the age at which a child receives his bicycle. Jonas is an Eleven, and like all other members of his age group, he will soon take part in the Ceremony of Twelve, in which he is assigned to a particular job for the rest of his life in the community. 
Jonas is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory, the most important member of the Committee of Elders. The Receiver of Memory is the only member of the community who can recall the past, before the community adopted "sameness" as a solution to its problems. During their times together, the elderly man becomes the Giver, passing on the memories and the knowledge Jonas will need in order to gain the wisdom necessary to lead the community. Jonas soon discovers  "sameness" has erased not only color and weather, but love and compassion. When a baby is scheduled to be "released" he devises a plan to flee, sacrificing all to save the child and give memory back to the community so once again all will understand right from wrong.

An excellent book choice to teach sanctity of life!

Content Warning: Mature Themes 

Progeny Press' The Giver Language Arts curriculum PDF will provide your Middle School grade student with: 

About the Author: Discover more about Lois Lowry, the author of The Giver.
Background Information: Explore the concepts of utopias and dystopias in The Giver.
Vocabulary: Enhance your understanding of the novel's words through engaging activities that promote retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Examine the various literary techniques employed in The Giver, including setting, dictionary, connotative, foreshadow, antonym, synonym, conflict, protagonist, antagonist, resolution, theme, and motif.
Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Explore important themes of authority, family, rules, leadership, wisdom, laughter and joy, freedom, choices, advice, pain and suffering, sanctity of life, death, free choice, body of Christ, loving one another, and sacrifice.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in thought-provoking activities such as coming-of-age explorations, career discussions, in-depth class discussions, writing exercises, and multiple essay options.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of additional books by Lois Lowry and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Giver. Expand your reading horizons!

All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview! 

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Book Awards:
Newbery Medal Winner 1994 • Regina Medal • William Allen White Award • ALA Best Book for Young Adults • ALA Notable Children's Book • Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book • Booklist Editors' Choice • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year • National Education Association Teachers' Top 100 for children • #44 Great American Read (top 100)

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    6 Reviews

  • Posted by Telesia on 28th Feb 2020


    Giver Study Guide

    There are essay ideas at the end of the study guide. The guide is broken into approximately 3 chapter sections at a time with vocabulary and in depth questions. There are also literary terms used like foreshadowing. The story is very interesting and makes you think what could happen if we lived in a society like the Giver.

  • Posted by Wendy L. on 24th Mar 2016


    Easy to use

    Easy to print off and use immediately!

  • Posted by Victoria W. on 9th Aug 2015


    I love progeny press guides!

    I love progeny press guides! So thorough and well done.

  • Posted by Ronald M. on 26th May 2015


    Love this guide! Great questions

    Love this guide! Great questions and love the interactive feature.

  • Posted by Nancy E. on 26th Sep 2014


    Keeping it fresh

    I particularly like how the vocab was presented in different formats is each section.

  • Posted by Sally W. on 18th Apr 2014


    Giver, The ... E Guide

    The materials look like they will be very useful. I am looking forward to using them in my classroom. I appreciate having bible references in the questions. There are a lot of faith/morality issues to discuss when reading this book with students.