While many teachers teach THE GIVER to 5th-7th graders, I think there are too many awesome philosophical discussions waiting for an older audience. I love teaching this to 9th and 10th graders. They really rise to seeing this novel as a thought-filled challenge instead of just a good story. I love teaching them how to lead discussion groups, facing modern questions like euthanasia, and considering utopian societies.
Discussion questions are included, along with two paragraph topics and many essay possibilities. Quiz questions, and some short stories to include in the unit. I love teaching this unit. I start every year with this novel.