The Giver Full Unit: 4+ Weeks of Literature, Nonfiction, Writing, & Speaking

The Giver Full Unit: 4+ Weeks of Literature, Nonfiction, Writing, & Speaking
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Teach The Giver with a critical thinking unit full of literary devices, collaborative discussions, several genres of writing, real-world connections, and visible learning!

The EDITABLE unit you see here was perfected over six years of teaching it to my eighth graders. (I usually start the year with this whole-class novel to introduce them to deeper reading and “getting more” out of a novel.)

Use some or all of the activities provided to fit into your custom timeframe. (The Teacher’s Guide gives a suggested calendar for pacing!) ALL files are editable, so you can make the pages easier (for younger students) or more advanced (for students ready for a challenge).

The areas of emphasis in this no-prep, CCSS-aligned unit are:
• Literary devices: fully teach theme, symbolism, and the dystopian genre
• Literary analysis: scaffolding from short answer and quote analysis up to a paragraph or essay
• Narrative writing: writing our own memories to “give” to Jonas
• Individual AND group learning: traditional lessons, discussions, flipped classroom, small group work, independent reading/writing, and a Socratic Seminar

This 70-page, 2-video, 41-slide download includes…
• Teacher’s Guide & Unit Overview page for students
Discussions: Anticipation Guide & Four Corners
Background Research small group project
• Vocabulary preview activity
• Lesson #1: Intro to Dystopia: Slides, Video, and Guided Notes
Non-Fiction Reading Jigsaw: Real-World Failed Utopias
• Chapter Tracker
3 Reading Quizzes: Chapters 1-8, 9-16, and 17-23
• Lesson #2: Intro to Symbolism Lesson: Slides, Video, and Guided Notes
• Symbolism Quest: Active Reading Small Group Project
Narrative Writing Assignment: Transmitting Our Memories
• Narrative Mini-lesson: Review of Dialogue Rules
• Quote Analysis Practice Activity (plus a mini-lesson)
• Lesson #3: Intro to Theme (handout)*
Socratic Seminar: Debate the ENDING of the novel
• Literary Analysis Writing: Paragraph AND Full Essay versions
• Movie vs. Novel: Scene Comparison Activity*
• Unit Test: Easy-to-grade assessment of vocabulary, literary devices, short answer/quote analysis
Bonus: Quizlet set of vocabulary terms for interactive practice!
Bonus: This is a "growing bundle", meaning that if I make additional Giver resources, bundle owners will be able to download future updates for free.

*Note: Items with stars are shortened, Giver-specific versions of resources that are Elsewhere in my TpT store: Theme Mini-Lesson and my Movie vs. Text Activity Bundle. You might enjoy purchasing the complete versions separately for additional pages.

Last File Update: January 2018

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