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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!
Through Lois Lowry's dystopian classic, students will learn:
About the Author: Learn about Lois Lowry.
Background Information: Utopias and dystopias.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Setting, dictionary, connotative, foreshadow, antonym, synonym, conflict, protagonist, antagonist, resolution, theme, motif.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Authority, family, rules, leadership, wisdom, laughter and joy, freedom, choices, advice, pain and suffering, sanctity of life, death, free choice, body of Christ, love one another, sacrifice.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Coming-of-age, careers, class discussions, writing, multiple essay choices.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Giver by Lois Lowry.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
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.
Easy to print off and use immediately!
I love progeny press guides! So thorough and well done.
Love this guide! Great questions and love the interactive feature.
I particularly like how the vocab was presented in different formats is each section.
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.