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Giver, The - Study Guide

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The Giver unit study guide for literature, from a Christian perspective



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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. 

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 discovers that the community has not only removed sadness and pain but also joy and love. When Jonas learns all that his society has lost to achieve perfection, he devises a plan to give the memories back to the community so once again, they will all understand right from wrong.

An excellent book choice to teach sanctity of life.

Mature themes.

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Study Guide Author:
Andrew Clausen
For the Book By:
Lois Lowry
Study Guide Page Count:
69 pages

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