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This activity, if given enough time and emotional space, promises to be an unforgettable thematic experience for your students.
The day before the activity, prepare your students by telling them to start thinking about a seriously large pain in their recent or current life. It can be any kind of pain: physical, emotional, relational, familial, social, spiritual, etc. On discussion day, start by having each student draw an anonymous picture or illustration of their recent pain. They should each write a 1-3 word label for the pain so the whole class knows what the picture represents. Shuffle the collected pictures for further privacy.
Start displaying the pictures one at a time, giving moments of respect for each pain - magnets or clips work great on the white board. As they get displayed, start sorting them into pain categories (death, love, depression, physical, friends, etc.) FAIR WARNING: Some of the pains might be eye-opening and intense.
After they’re all displayed, discuss how Jonas’s world “fixed” all these pains and what lengths our world would have to go to to fix these pains. Wait for them to realize they’d have to give up choice. And like Jonas, they love being able to choose things. At the end, don’t let them leave your class completely sad and depressed. Finish with some words about how to take all these pains and go live and feel what it means to be human. They should be feeling a fuller reality and truth about life now that they realize pain is a necessary part of the full, shared human experience.
(1) Students will draw a picture of something painful in their lives. They don't have to show anyone. The teacher collects them all, shuffles them so they're random, then displays them for students to look at.
(2) Together, the teacher and students sort the pictures into various Giver Pain categories. FYI: This can get pretty deep and emotionally moving. Get ready. The weight of seeing all our collective pain is powerful.
(3) Students then write about how society could fix each of those pains. (Encourage them to think about our society and not the one from The Giver.
(4) Finally, students discuss how personal choices are connected with each of the pains present in society (ours and in The Giver). Ultimately, students will realize that they highly value personal choice and are willing to live in a society where personal choice causes pain.
TEXT: THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
LEVEL: 6th - 12th
COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.10
→ 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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