The Giver —Unit and Connections
Approximately a 6 week unit
Begin by introducing the author, the concept of a Utopia/Dystopia, and an anticipation guide
Folder is labeled Introduction—author, predictions, and literary terms
Utopia Introduction—(PowerPoint I find it to be extremely helpful to play the movie trailers for Pleasantville and I, Robot.)
o Optional Group Activity
Lois Lowry Powerpoint and word document labeled author notes
The Giver Literary terms handout & Introduction—Utopia PowerPoint (slideshow goes with The Giver Literary terms handout and introduces the theme of Utopia)
A handout with several themes is included (Can be used at the beginning to introduce themes, in the middle or end of the novel)
Reading the novel
Folder is labeled Basic Comprehension
Chapter Reviews—this is a chapter-by-chapter summary that I typed. (similar to sparknotes). I use this for nights that I’m not able to read along with the assigned reading. (This will have typos because I typed it quickly for an overview.)
Comprehensive review questions are handouts that I used at the beginning of class to assess students’ understanding of the previous night’s reading. These are labeled by chapter.
Powerpoint Review Questions 8 & 9: This is a PowerPoint with a few questions related to ch. 8 & 9
The Giver Basic Comprehension Quiz 1 – 22: This is an examview quiz for ch. 1 – 22; it is basic comprehension—not an imitation of a Keystone Exam
During & After Reading
Folder is labeled Keystone Study Guide & Quizzes
Student study guides are present in this folder
Answer keys are provided for the study guides
Quizzes that imitate the Keystone Exam (labeled by chapters) are contained in this folder.
Explanatory Answer Keys are all present as well
Answer sheets are provided as well; they provide for easier grading
The final test is in this folder
Explanatory Answer Key is present as well
Answer sheet is provided as well, for easier grading
Folder is labeled Memory Paper
This folder contains a PowerPoint explaining the paper which asks students to recall a memory that has been passed on and shared with them—usually a memory of a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.
It contains a folder labeled Introductory Poem. This folder has a poem that is optional. It helps students to reflect on the past and the significance of memories.
It contains a word document labeled Sample Introductions and papers. This has a few different introductory options, some are terrible and some are pretty good. This paper is not neat or for handing out to students. It’s just for your own insight.
It contains a sample paper with highlighted strengths.
It contains a packet for getting students started with the paper
It contains a rubric for the paper and requirements of the paper
This contains a grading sheet in which students are given bonus points if they have their grandparent, uncle, aunt, etc. come to class to share his/her memory.
Folder is labeled Pleasantville
This folder contains a movie guide for showing the movie Pleasantville. It explains where to mute or skip a scene, because there are a few questionable moments.
This folder also contains a movie guide for students to complete while watching the movie.