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Activity Overview

A fun way for students to express their understanding of a story, its themes, and main characters, is to create a movie poster. As students read The Giver, they will start to see recurring imagery and themes. Have them create a movie poster, complete complete with a title, casting, and an image that conveys important information from the story.

When students complete their posters, they can be printed out and hung in the classroom and you can have a class discussion on why students chose to create the poster they did.

For additional templates to add to this assignment, check out our movie poster templates!

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a movie poster that evokes the theme, story, and other relevant information about The Giver.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create an image for your movie poster using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Add any additional information, like a tagline, actors, directors, etc.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Movie Poster
Pretend that your book is being made into a blockbuster movie! Create a Movie Poster that showcases the setting, character and a chosen scene or overarching theme of the story. Include the title and author of the book as well as a catchy slogan and a "critic's review" informing the audience why they should go to see the movie and briefly describing the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Includes Title, Author, catchy slogan and a 1-3 sentence critic's review that accurately describes the story and why people should go to see the movie.
Missing one element of text.
Missing two or more elements of text.
Illustrations depict a scene or theme of the story with clear visuals including an appropriate scene, character, items, etc.
Illustrations depict a scene or theme from the story but are unclear or incomplete.
Illustrations do not depict a scene or theme from the story.

How To Add Creativity to Your Classroom with Posters


Show Students Examples of Movie Posters

Choose movies that the majority of your students know about and discuss what goes into a movie poster. Mention elements like the title, the characters, and major things that happen in the novel. Pictures are also important.


Assist Students With Finding Big Ideas

Students will need to include big ideas on their posters. These include elements like characterization, theme, and conflict. Assist students and scaffold as needed.


Lead a Class Discussion About Posters

One of the best parts of the poster project is leading a class discussion so that students can share the major ideas that they have put on the poster.

Frequently Asked Questions about Make a Movie Poster for The Giver

What is imagery?

Imagery is the picture the author creates in the reader's head, and is based on the five senses. If you are able to see, taste, touch, feel, or smell something based on an author's description, that is imagery.

How can a movie poster help students learn?

When students are asked to pair the information in a book down to a movie poster, they must get to the heart of the matter of theme, conflict, and characterization. Being succinct is a skill they must master, and creating a poster will help them to formulate their thoughts.

How can posters lead to better class discussion?

When students in the class create posters, they make for great discussion starters. Groups can present their poster to the class and share their ideas in a creative way.

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