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The Giver by Lois Lowry

Teacher Guide by Rebecca Ray

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A Quick Synopsis of The Giver (Contains Plot Spoilers)

Jonas is a typical 11 year old who lives in a seemingly perfect community. There is little pain, and no crime. People are polite, and everyone belongs to a supportive family. However this utopia comes at a price; there are no choices, emotions are forbidden, and life in the community is dictated by strict rules. In this society, Elders match spouses, and assign children to them before birth. Everyone looks similar in skin color and dress. Everyone in the community is also assigned a job.

When it is Jonas time to learn his job, he is chosen to be the new Receiver. This is the person who holds all the memories of the world for their society. Over time, Jonas learns about color, nature, beauty, pleasure, love, and family. As well as painful memories of loss, loneliness, poverty, injury, war, and death. The former Receiver (the eponymous Giver) explains that the community is founded on the principle of likeness, which requires the consistency of a world without emotion and memory to survive. He adds that these memories give the Receiver the true wisdom needed to guide the committee in all their decisions.

Before the resolution of the novel, Jonas learns how people in the community die, and he plans an escape so that Gabe (a toddler his family is caring for) will not be ‘released’ (killed). Jonas wants to give all the memories he possesses to everyone, despite warnings from the Giver that doing so could have devastating consequences. Jonas becomes upset and feels that, without memories, his family and friends live in ignorance.

This escape plan takes Jonas and Gabe on a journey. Jonas struggles with the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that the Giver has shared with him, before they reach a place that was in Jonas's first received memory. In the snow, Jonas and Gabe sled down a hill, happy for a moment.


Essential Questions For The Giver

  1. What are the benefits and disadvantages of conformity?
  2. What is true freedom, and do we have it?
  3. What makes for a perfect society, and is it realistic?
  4. Why should we embrace diversity and individuality?

The Giver By Lois Lowry Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

The Giver Summary


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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

Exposition

The Giver begins in a utopian society where a young boy, Jonas, lives. He is 11 years old, and about to be an adult.


Conflict

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.


Rising Action

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.


Climax

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.


Falling Action

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'.


Resolution

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.


The Giver Plot Diagram Storyboard
Create your own at Storyboard That EXPOSITION CONFLICT RISING ACTION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION RESOLUTION 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 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. ?

Example

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Student Instructions

Create a visual plot diagram of The Giver.


  1. Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
  2. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
  3. Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.



Story Outline Storyboard Template
Create your own at Storyboard That EXPOSITION CONFLICT RISING ACTION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION RESOLUTION

Example

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The Giver Characters

As students read, a storyboard can serves as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!


The Giver Characters

NAMEDESCRIPTION
JonasThe protagonist. He becomes the Receiver, the person in the community that will receive all the memories of the world.
LilyJonas' little sister.
Jonas's FatherA caretaker of the young. He acts as a nurturer to Gabe.
Jonas's MotherA lawyer in the community.
Asher Jonas's best friend. He is funny and playful. He becomes the head recreation director during selection.
FionaA redheaded girl that Jonas likes.
The GiverThe former Receiver who gives Jonas all the memories of the world.

The Giver - Character Map
Create your own at Storyboard That Jonas The Giver Jonas's Mother Jonas's Father Gabriel Lily Fiona Asher Traits: Interests: Beliefs: Quote that shows the personality: Inquisitive, good natured, honest Jonas is unlike his friends, because he doesn't believe he has a place. After becoming The Receiver, he believes that people should have choices in life, and he realizes that everything he was taught is not the truth. "I wanted to share the memories with Asher, but it didn't work" Traits: Interests: Beliefs: Quote That Shows Personality: Traits: