Literature: "The Giver" by Lois Lowry
These sites are about the book “The Giver,” which explores themes of utopia and diversity. Learn more about author Lois Lowry and her thoughts about this Newberry Award-winning book. Includes discussion questions, quizzes, and handouts. There is a link to eThemes Resources Author Study: Lois Lowry, Utopias and Literature: “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry.
“The Giver” Instructional Unit
This instructional unit for Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” includes lesson plans for the following: pre-reading exercises; symbolism; author’s background; motifs; characterization; vocabulary; unit test; group work; and group projects.
“The Giver” Teacher’s Guide
This guide for Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” includes: a message from the author; information about the book; instructional activities; interdisciplinary connections; and vocabulary.
SparkNote: “The Giver”
These resources for Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” include: context; plot overview; character list; analysis of major characters; themes, motifs and symbols; summary and analysis; important quotations explained; key facts; study questions and essay topics; quiz; and suggestions for further reading.
“The Giver” Instructional Unit
This instructional unit includes activities for teaching Lois Lowry’s “The Giver;” including: an introduction, a framework for reading and responding to the text, learning activities, assessments.
"The Giver" Interactive Quizzes
Here are interactive quizzes for each chapter of the novel. Includes an interactive vocabulary quiz and printable versions. NOTE: Some links at the bottom of the page are broken.
"The Giver" Novel Guide
Scroll down for teaching ideas for "The Giver." One idea is to have a pro-sameness versus pro-diversity debate. Click on "Further Reading" for a list of books that have themes similar to those in "The Giver."
"The Giver" Lesson Plans
Here are more interdisciplinary lesson ideas for the book. Includes discussion questions for the major themes of the book.
Quia: "The Giver:" Rags to Riches
Play an interactive trivia game in the style of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
Quia: "The Giver," Section 1
Play several interactive games about the first five chapters of the book.
Scholastic: Literature Response Journal: "The Giver"
This two-page pdf has discussion questions and suggested topics for a literature response journal.
Teaching Strategies: "The Giver"
This four-page pdf includes worksheets and activities to go along with the book.
eThemes Resource: Author Study: Lois Lowry
These websites are about author Lois Lowry. Included are biographies, interviews with the author, and bibliographies. There is information about her memoir, “Looking Back.” View a video clip of Lowry talking about the art of writing and read the text of her Newbery acceptance speech for the book “The Giver.” There are links to eTheme Resources on Lowry’s books “The Giver” and “Number the Stars.”
eThemes Resource: Utopias
These resources are about Utopias, dystopias, and planned communities. Read about several historical intentional communities and the dystopian tradition in literature and film. Find out what these communities had in common, how they differed, and why some of them have failed and others continue to exist. Compare existing or historical experimental communities to fictional Utopias. Includes eThemes resources on “The Giver” by Lois Lowry, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, and forms of government.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry
There are summaries, suggested activities, and online quizzes about the book "Number the Stars." Also learn about author Lois Lowry. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on the Holocaust.
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