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THE GIVER Ceremony of 12 Activity

Grade Levels
6th - 12th
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Jonas and all other 12 year-olds go through the Ceremony of Twelve, their society's ritual during which all young people are assigned the job / career they'll work at for their adult years.

This activity simulates that ceremony, bringing to life the reality of having a job assigned to you and providing the opportunity for discussion around what would be good and bad about being assigned a job.


Using data from the Top 200 Jobs from CareerCast.com, students will go through a simulation of the Ceremony of Twelve that Jonas undergoes. They will each be assigned a job from either #1-25 or #176-200 in the rankings. They will explore what this random assignment feels like and how it might or might not suit their skills and desires. Then they’ll try it again, receiving a 2nd job, this time from the opposite end of the rankings (the top 25 job cards have a bar under it for easy sorting). After they’ve experienced both a good and bad job, the class will discuss why certain jobs are ranked higher for satisfaction, salary, and future job prospects. This discussion will connect the students to Jonas and the other kids’ situation as they receive their assignments.

Using the Top 25 jobs and the Bottom 25 jobs, students will receive 2 jobs, one from the top and one from the bottom, but they won't know which one is which until after they've written their thoughts about the job and its description.

Then we walk through the 52-slide PowerPoint that shows each job's ranking and salary. It's always interesting to see how the students' thoughts about a job changes when they see the rank and the salary. It's also eye-opening for them to see all the potential jobs out there.


→ 50 printable job cards (black and white or color)

→ 1-page writing response handout

→ 54-slide PowerPoint with jobs, descriptions, rank, and salary

You can see the complete list and the criteria for the job rankings HERE!!!

Your students will have a great time with this Giver activity!

TEXT: The Giver by Lois Lowry

LEVEL: 6th - 12th


→ Based off the 1993 copyright, 2002 reprint edition published by Dell Laurel-Leaf and includes pages from The Giver movie tie-in printed edition [ISBN: 978-0544340688].

Enjoy, and may your world always be in full color!


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♥ Awesome lesson. My students really enjoyed it. On my own, I added reflection questions that connected the book more explicitly to the activity. I love that it used real world careers. I think this gave students more motivation to participate and think seriously about their assignments.

♥ My 5th students LOVED this activity! They were shocked by the salaries of various careers and now really appreciate their freedom to choose their own jobs. Perfect connection to the book + teaching about jobs/ careers/ future education plans and needs = WIN WIN!

♥ My students loved this activity. We completed it right before reading about the assignments - my students actually said "Oh geez, I get why you had us do that!" Great way to keep students connected to the text.

♥ I loved that it incorporated actual jobs and not just the jobs given to the characters in the novel. The students loved learning about the different jobs and it was pretty lively when they found out their rank and salary. Great Work!

♥ Wow! This was amazing! I can't imagine how long it must have taken you to compile this information. My students really enjoyed this activity. Thanks so much for your hard work!



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Total Pages
64 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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