Are your students tired of regular quizzes, but you need a way to assess their learning and reading? If so, then you should engage them with “The Giver by Lois Lowry: Trashketball Review Game."
Throughout this power point presentation, teams of students recall characters, plot events, and literary devices (imagery, symbol, connotation, theme, and euphemism) in order to compete to shoot baskets into a trash can. For the first round, students simply identify the characters. In rounds two – four (organized by chapters), students answer questions about the plot of the story. The difficulty increases throughout each round with more challenging questions. If desired, the teacher can also include the Bonus Round in which students identify literary devices from text evidence.
Research shows that students often learn best when they can move, and this game motivates them with their love of sports. When you put your students in heterogeneous groups for a game with friendly competition, it is an excellent way to meet the needs of all of your students and reward them for their success.
Depending on the rounds played and the ability of your students, the game will take 60 - 90 minutes to play. The power point presentation includes a slide which explains the rules at the beginning of the game, and a key is provided on the last slide. Teacher instructions are also included.
If you and your students like this game, check out the other grammar and literature Trashketball games in my store!