The Giver by Lois Lowry is a classic classroom read, but surprisingly, it is taught at two completely different grade levels.
1) Seventh- and eighth-grade teachers select this well-crafted book because it is written at the seventh-grade reading level and students can relate to the main character, Jonas.
2) Tenth- and eleventh-grade teachers also select this book because of the deeper concepts that it brilliantly explores: legislated euthanasia, free will vs. self-expression, community vs. individual rights, how wisdom is gained through pain, what a society is willing to give up to achieve convenience, and what an individual is willing to risk to attain freedom. The story is filled with deeper-level thinking topics that beg for the maturity of a high school student to fully consume the fullness of this novel.
Is it right for your class? Download the preview, which is the whole lesson for Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4. (Or download it at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SL-Book-Unit-The-Giver-FREE-Curriculum-for-Chapters-1-4-1366534 .) Try it out and see if it will work for your students! Then purchase it if it does!
The Giver Curriculum has been divided into twelve days. (Depending on which teaching tools you choose to use, it could be longer.) Each day, you are asked to choose one of two or one of ten resources to help your class go deeper into the story. You get to decide how you want to teach the novel to your students, because each class responds differently to instruction. These are some of the classroom tools that you will get to choose from:
Study guide questions
Deeper-level thinking discussion questions
Reading comprehension quizzes
Book report forms
Say-the-question games (can be projected on a screen at the front of the classroom)
Flash card review games (can be projected on a screen at the front of the classroom)
Movie comparison worksheet
The Giver Curriculum has been set up to help teach The Giver, but also help teachers align their curricula to meet common core standards for their grade level. Individual activities, discussions, writing exercises, and worksheets meet the following common core standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL - 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.6
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W – 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W – 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL10.1, 10.2, 10.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W –10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL11.1, 11.2, 11.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W – 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.7, 11.8, 11.9
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