The Giver Summary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/5] Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/10] By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently
A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a novel. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.
Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a novel with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in the sequence using;Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
Example The Giver Plot Diagram
The Giver begins in a utopian society where a young boy, Jonas, lives. He is 11 years old, and about to be an adult.
Jonas is about to turn 12. This is the age when it is decided by the elders what job you will be given as an adult. Jonas is undecided, and worried what he will be chosen to do.
The rising action happens during the selection process. The ceremony when each child is moved up to a new year. The 11's are last to be called as they will each be given their jobs. It is here that Jonas' number is skipped! In a twist of suspense, he is called last to be The Receiver of Memory.
Jonas has been training as the receiver. Because of his position, he is allowed to ask questions that no one else can ask. He also learns about life before the "utopia". When he asks to see his father perform a "release", he realizes what it truly is - murder.
With his new memories, Jonas devises a plan to escape with Gabe, a baby his father has been nurturing, and whose life is threatened. Together they escape, running at night, and sleeping by day. Jonas hopes they can escape to 'Elsewhere'.
There is no definitive resolution to The Giver. In the end, Jonas and Gabe experience starvation, cold, and fear. However, they have each other, and a bond of love. The story concludes with the two sledding down the hill that Jonas was given a memory of, together.
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Create a visual plot diagram of The Giver.
- Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
- Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
- Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.
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