Giver, The - Study 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 provides your Middle School grade student with: 

About the Author: Learn about Lois Lowry. 
Background Information: Discover the constrasting worlds of Utopias and dystopias.
Vocabulary: Understand language used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to improve retention and vocabulary growth. 
Literary Techniques: Research 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: Look and discuss deeper lessons 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:  Choose from a selection of extra-curricular assignments, such as coming-of-age explorations, career discussions, in-depth class discussions, writing exercises, and multiple essay options.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Included are a list of addtional books by the author Lois Lowry, as well as other recommended books that tie in with, or are relate to, The Giver

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

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide 

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Middle School student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for middle school level student answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the middle school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

  • Contains the complete study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • PDf files open in the FREE Adobe Reader program.
    Note: Mobile devices may require an alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields and interactive features.
  • Upgraded, fillable form fields allow the student the opportunity to complete their work on the computer, saving you printing costs
  • Conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA study guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher to make grading simple!

Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

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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    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Anna K. on 17th Feb 2015


    I wish there were more

    I wish there were more options for activities and project ideas to go a long with the book.

  • Posted by dennis a. on 18th Sep 2014


    The items I ordered arrived

    The items I ordered arrived in perfect condition and in a timely fashion. I'm very pleased with my experience and already planning another order.