The Giver Novel Study Unit - PRINT and DIGITAL

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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Are you looking for a way to make Lois Lowry’s The Giver accessible and relevant for your students? In this unit, students will attend a Ceremony of 12, engage in multiple student-led discussions, build their vocabulary, write a literary analysis essay, and create the next chapter of the book! Take a look below to see all the resources that will help make your novel study engaging and memorable.


Please note that all activities and projects come with Instructions for Use. 

  • Scope and Sequence Chart
    • A day-by-day guide to what to teach on which days
  • Vocabulary List
    • A comprehensive The Giver vocabulary list with definitions, broken into sections to make them easy to review throughout your novel study unit.
  • Discussion Questions
    • A handy list of about 2-3 discussion questions for every chapter of the novel
  • Anticipation Cooperation Activity
    • An anticipatory activity to help students think about important ideas in the novel
  • Anticipation Deliberation Activity
    • A before and after reading activity to help students reflect on how the novel has influenced their opinions
  • You-Topia Group Project
    • A project in which students design their own utopias. Includes rubric.
  • Ceremony of 12 Activity
    • Complete with assignment cards and classroom decorations, this activity will help you host your own ceremony of 12! It includes a reflection piece for students to write about their feelings about their career assignments.
  • Sharing of Dreams Activity
    • A small group discussion activity in which students keep dream journals before sharing their dreams with each other and taking a shot at interpreting them
  • Telling of Feelings Activity
    • A small group discussion activity in which students take their vocabulary to the next level, choosing precise words to describe their emotions
  • Real Talk Discussion 
    • A fun small group discussion in which students write their own talking points and use a discussion board to organize their own talk.
  • “You May Lie” Vocabulary Game
    • A fun way to practice vocabulary, using the story’s topic of lying as part of its rules
  • Imagery Graphic Organizer
    • A resource to help students explore imagery in the novel
  • Reading Quizzes
    • 4 multiple choice quizzes to use throughout the unit. Quizzes assess story details and vocabulary. Answer key included.
  • Real Talk Discussion 
  • Response to Literature
    • A literary analysis resource that includes a graphic organizer, sample essay, and rubric
  • Chapter Titles Activity
    • A fun group activity in which students create chapter titles for the novel
  • The Giver: The Next Chapter Project
    • After a mini lesson using the Eight Types of Endings Handout (included), students will write their own final chapters to the novel. Rubric included.

  • Digital version: Remote learners? No problem! Students can tackle this learning and do these activities from home with this digital version.


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Total Pages
192 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 months
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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