This activity as designed is most appropriate for Grades 6-8, when The Giver is most commonly read in schools and the dystopian genre is introduced. This product is presented in Rich Text Format, which means it is fully compatible with any word processing and can be easily edited and customized by you. I introduce this activity as a post-reading project, as students have the most novel material to work with in choosing artifacts for their collection. In it, students are asked to create an artifact collection related to The Giver, including a representational/referential container for the artifacts as well as tags for each item, as in an art gallery, explaining the item’s connection to the novel and including a text citation. This product includes a student instruction sheet with ideas for elements of the novel to represent, as well as a fully aligned rubric to guide students and teacher. Students will most benefit from this activity as part of instruction geared to helping them develop a better understanding of literary elements such as symbolism and ELA skills such as summary and citations. Students develop an understanding of connotation and how a physical object can represent an entire event in a novel.
Past experience has shown that students benefit from being guided away from being literal in choosing their artifacts. While it might seem obvious to include an apple or a toy sled, and those are definitely acceptable depending on the challenge level appropriate to each student, some of my most inventive students have chosen less obvious connections. Some students have also developed themes that unite and organize all their artifacts, for instance, by representing only emotions or only different age ceremonies. This activity/project can get very involved for the students, so I make sure their final submissions are given appropriate attention by displaying their results at Open House, by holding a Gallery Walk, and by having students individually present their products to the whole group if they would like. Students (and I) really enjoy this refreshing, multimedia activity that lets their creativity show. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do!