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Click here for a sample section of The Giver Study Guide!      Check out the E-Guide version, available immediately!         Get the book The Giver HERE

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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, #44 Great American Read (top 100)

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 

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! 

Features and Benefits of the study guide 

Printed Workbook Format 

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s 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 student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher! 

  CD Format 

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our Interactive Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Readerprogram. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole guide at once
    • Print single lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire guide for classroom sets
  • Easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key file included for the teacher! 
Recommended Grade Level:
7-9
Setting:
Dystopian, Futuristic
Workbook ISBN:
978-1-58609-335-8
CD ISBN:
978-1-58609-575-8
Study Guide Author:
Andrew Clausen
For the Book By:
Lois Lowry
Study Guide Page Count:
69 pages

Reviews

  • 5
    I wish there were more

    Posted by Anna K. on 17th Feb 2015

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

  • 5
    The items I ordered arrived

    Posted by dennis a. on 18th Sep 2014

    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.