Lois Lowry - "The Giver" - Informational Text w/ 17 Text Dependent Questions

Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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15 pages
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Are your students disappointed with the ending of "The Giver"? Are they wondering why Lois Lowry wrote such an ambiguous ending to the novel? Are they asking for a sequel???

If you answered "Yes!" to any of those questions - this product will be of HIGH-INTEREST to your students! Take this opportunity to enhance the teaching of literature standards with an informational piece of text (straight from Entertainment Weekly) directly related to what your students are dying to know!

Collaborative Classroom Activity:
This is one of my favorite ways to keep students engaged while reading a challenging, informational text. Students make appointments with other students (using the including "Appointment Tracker") and collaboratively figure out the answers to a number of text dependent questions (at each appointments) after reading the text as a class or in partners.

I have had great experience with this strategy! It gets students excited, allows them to have a variety of partners that they can work with and they are actually reading and responding to informational text!

This product doesn't just include the link to this interesting article and corresponding text-dependent questions.... It includes one of my favorite collaborative (cooperative learning) strategies that can be used to implement the "close reading" of this article in your classroom!

Things Needed for Assignment and Activity (ALL INCLUDED):
• The link to the high-interest article
• 17 text dependent questions that are used for comprehension of the informational text
• Answer key that gives detailed "Possible Student Answers"
• My "How to Make this Work in Your Classroom" guide with tips and explanations of strategies used

If you're looking for a similar informational article and activity but at a higher text complexity level - check out this product:

Informational Text - 20 Text Dependent Questions - Collaborative Activity

"American dystopia more reality than fiction" by Rebecca Solnit is a rigorous, informational text related to the following topics: America, dystopia, "The Hunger Games" and any other piece of dystopian literature, including: The Giver, the Divergent Series, The Uglies, City of Ember, Among the Hidden, A Brave New World, etc.

Again, this is one of my favorite topics paired with one of my favorite collaborative classroom activities! I would LOVE to hear about your experience with both! Please, please leave me any type of feedback and I will be one happy-go-lucky teacher!!!
Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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