GIVER ACTIVITY: FAMILY UNIT (ONE CHILD POLICY): Families in The Giver by Lois Lowry are selected by the community's Committee of Elders, and partners are only permitted to have two children and not children of their own. Everything is designed to leave little chance for conflict within the family unit. While this seems like an impossibility in today's society, this activity will give students a real-world connection with the example of China's One-Child Policy. Until only recently, families in China were only permitted to have one child in an attempt to control population growth. This article and small group assignment are sure to spark some interesting discussions in your classroom.
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• A one-page teacher instructions page that gives an outline for how to implement the activity. This activity works best after Chapter 20 (after Jonas' father has released one of the twins).
• A one-page article that introduces the history of the Chinese One-Child Policy to students.
• A response sheet where students discuss their impressions, what surprised them, and what they learned.
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