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. While students will have the most settings to choose from if they have finished the novel completely, I introduce this activity after students have finished Chapter 16, since I have other post-novel activities for them and since by the end of Chapter 16, students have been exposed to a variety of settings by way of the memories The Giver transmits to Jonas.
Students will most benefit from this activity as part of instruction geared to helping them develop a better understanding of literary elements such as setting. Students develop a better understanding of the details involved in creating a vivid setting so that they can ultimately move on to crafting their own original narratives.
Past experience has shown that today’s middle-school students may not be familiar with what a travel brochure is. To supplement this activity, I usually bring to the class actual travel brochures so that students can better understand how to target an audience and how to balance information with entertaining graphics. This activity gives students the opportunity to work with templates in word processing and other publishing software, but students have also proven themselves surprisingly skilled in creating handmade products. These brochures are great for three-dimensional displays on hallway bulletin boards, too. Enjoy!