This lesson includes a current events article to use in connection when reading The Giver. When reading this novel, euthanasia becomes a topic of discussion, one that students may not be prepared for. After reading chapter 19, my students were shocked at the practice of euthanasia. To illustrate the flip side of the coin, I introduced the students to the Brittany Maynard news article. This brought on a heated but valuable classroom discussion on the topic.
The graphic organizer and essay assess student understanding of the novel. Students are asked to make a claim about the Community's stance on euthanasia. There is a graphic organizer that will help waslk students, who need the assistance through the essay process. Stronger students could write the essay without using the organizer.