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Lesson: The Giver - Chapter 13


Author: Erin Bridges
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 7 - 8

Introduction

Dear Students, We have been reading the intriguing story of The Giver by Lois Lowry. Through our reading, we have discovered that Jonas’ world forces us to ask questions about our world and make connections to our lives. Within this lesson, you will use reading strategies to guide your understanding. In addition, you will continue to use your reading to ask big questions and think about issues that shape who we are and the world we live in. Happy thinking! Mrs. Bridges

Goals

1. Use reading strategies to improve your understanding of the text. 2. Explore the theme of Choice. 3. Make connections between the book, your life, and the world (or community). 4. Ask questions that will lead to further exploration and discussion.

Directions

You will need to be prepared to share your ideas and responses during a class discussion. In the lesson you will: 1. Think about the Theme of Choice. Connect the theme to your life, The Giver, and the world. Write responses to share your ideas. 2. Read Part 1 of Chapter 13 of The Giver. 3. Use strategies to help you understand the reading.


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Title: Choice and Responsibility URL: http://mrsb2.wordpress.com/the-giver-strategy-tutor-lesson/
Directions: 1. Read the questions, watch the video, and think about the answers (you do not have to write anything). 2. Then, discuss your answers with a partner. Questions: -What does Peter's uncle mean when he says, "With great power comes great responsibility?" -How do the choices we make shape who we are? -How are making choices and being responsible connected?


Title: Dystopia - Need a Refresher? URL: http://www.jerichoschools.org/hs/teachers/lfischer/dystopia/dystopia.pdf
Directions: In reading about Jonas' world, we have discussed the terms Dystopia and Utopia. Read through this document to refresh your memory about the characteristics that make a dystopia.



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Message: The following is a list of words and definitions that are helpful to know when reading Part 1 of Ch. 13 of The Giver. Read the definitions that have been given to you. Then, create your own definition for Choice. Use your own words. Check your definition using the Online Dictionary.
Vocabulary Words:
hueless Not having color, colorless
transmit To pass on to someone or something
sinuous Curvy
anguished Overcome by pain, suffering, or grief
choice


Activity: Making Choices


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Goals

1. Think about the choices you get to make every day. 2. Reflect upon the theme of Choice by making connections.

Directions

1. View the image at Mrs. Bridges' Project Blog. 2. Using the Journal strategy, answer these questions: -What does this picture remind you of? -What are some choices that you make every day? -How would you feel if those choices were taken away? Why? -How would you feel if you couldn't make choices at all? Why? -Is it important for people to be able to make choices? Why or why not?



Activity: The Giver - Chapter 13, Part 1


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Goals

1. Think about the theme of Choice from Jonas' perspective. 2. Use visualizing, journal response, compare and contrast, and questioning to help you understand the text. 3. Be prepared to discuss your thoughts and reactions in class.

Directions

**Please note: You may read and discuss Part 1 with a partner, but please answer the questions and use the strategies on your own. 1. Read pages 97 - 101 (stop after reading "lifeless elephant" on page 101) 2. After page 97, stop and visualize Jonas' world. 3. Using the Journal strategy, respond to these statements: "We don't dare to let people make choices of their own." "Not safe?" The Giver suggested. "Definitely not safe," Jonas said with certainty. (p. 98) 4. Using the Journal strategy, compare and contrast making choices in Jonas' world and making choices in your world. Which way is better? Why? 5. Ask a question about something that confused you or something you are wondering about.



Activity: Choice in our World


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Goals

1. Make text to world connections. 2. Continue to explore the theme of choice. 3. Use summarizing, feeling, and media literacy strategies to understand a photo essay.

Directions

1. Read and view the photo essay "How Do You Define the Meaning of Life?" with a partner. 2. Summarize the main idea of the essay. What do the authors think is the meaning of life? 3. Choose an image from the essay that you think is interesting. Describe how that image makes you feel and why. 4. Using the Media Literacy strategy, answer these questions: -Does this photo essay tell us that living in a world with choices is good or bad or neither? Explain your thinking. -What side of a world with choices is NOT shown in the essay?




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