One of the many themes of The Giver is control or lack of control in society. Before reading The Giver, students can begin developing a connection between the technology in our society. Students will develop a remote control or "Alexis" type device. They will need to explain how this intelligent assistance will be used, what it will be capable of, and who will control it. From this activity, connections to Jonas's world and our increasingly technological world can be drawn as students read the novel.