Research Project for The Giver - Real-Life Utopias Portfolio

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Nouvelle ELA
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6th - 9th, Homeschool
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In this research portfolio, students explore real-life examples of utopias. They present their findings through a variety of creative written and artistic projects. This is the perfect follow-up or integrated project to use while reading The Hunger Games or The Giver.

Students practice:

  • Evaluating sources
  • Citing & paraphrasing evidence
  • Analyzing claims

Students will be engaged and excited as they present their results in an alternative to a formal paper!

This is a complete research project based on the Big6 Style, differentiated to meet the needs of your high-achievers as well as struggling readers, LEP students, and EC students.

***You can reuse several of these components for other projects, research, or presentations (the evaluation sheets, for example).****

Why use a research project with The Giver?

Sometimes, students think The Giver is total fantasy, all the way down to the creation of The Community. A research project like this shines a light on real-world utopian efforts and allows students to explore why they thrive or fail.

What You Get:

1. Full Teacher’s Guide with project options, suggestions for research phases, considerations for student workdays, and ideas for showcasing student work

2. Editable project materials, rubrics, and unit plan: 

-Research Prep Sheet

-Research Checkpoints

-Mini-Project Guidelines


3. Activities and handouts to build research skills (paper + digital):

-Integrating Sources with model text (“In Focus: Gordon Parks”)

-Source Sheet/Source Cards

-Research Overview Booklet (or Slideshow)

-MLA Cheat Sheet

-Interview activity

4. Presentation Feedback Slips you can reuse for any project

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Total Pages
25 + digital
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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