Students are asked with researching the names of the characters who appear in Lois Lowry's THE GIVER. Students must look up the name meanings and provide a brief explanation as to why they think Lois Lowry chose the character names. This exercise causes students to dig deeper into the meaning of the novel. The thinking necessary for this assignment goes beneath the surface level of meaning. I usually allow the students to work in pairs when completing this activity. Our school has an iPad 1-1 initiative, so we simply look up the information using the iPads.