By Lois Lowry

Chapter Questions
Bloom’s Taxonomy
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 Taxonomy (n): a system
used to classify things
 Bloom: the last name of
Benjamin Bloom, its
creator
...
Chapters 1 and 2
Pop Quiz

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1. What is the main character‘s first name?
2. What is his father‘s job?
3. What ritual take...
Chapters 1 and 2 Pop Quiz
Acceptable Answers

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1. What is the main character‘s first name?
Jonas
2. What is his father‘s...
Chapter 1
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What was your first impression of this society?
What stuck out to you?
Would you want to live here? Why or w...
Chapter 1 Quote
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Page 8:
―Most of the people on the night crew
had not even been given spouses because
they lacked, someh...
Chapter 2
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What happens at the Ceremony of Ones?

What is the name of the baby that Jonas‘ father
is taking care of? Wh...
Chapter 2 Quote
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Page 16
―There are very rarely disappointments, Jonas.
I don‘t think you need to worry about that,‖
his...
Chapter 2 Quote
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Page 18
But her father had already gone to the shelf
and taken down the stuffed elephant which
was kept ...
By Lois Lowry

Chapters 3-5
Chapters 3, 4, and 5
Pop Quiz

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Describe one practice* from the society in The
Giver that is similar to a practice in ou...
Chapter 3 Discussion
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What do Jonas and baby Gabriel have in
common? What do you think this will mean?
Would you want t...
Chapter 4 Discussion
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What did Jonas do at the House of Old? How
did he feel about this job? How would YOU feel
about th...
Chapter 5 Discussion
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What is the morning ritual for Jonas‘s family?

What was Jonas‘s dream, and what do you
think it ...
Schooling in Germany
Similarities to Society in The
Giver
German Schooling
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Read the article, ―The ABCs
of the German School
System.‖
Highlight any similarities
you notice to sc...
Tracking
The separating of students according to ability
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Examples:
American schools (some, not all):
Placing students i...
Tracking
The separating of students according to ability
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Do you think it works in American schools? Why or
why not?
Wou...
By Lois Lowry

Chapters 6-9
Chapter 6 Discussion
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What do fours, fives, and sixes wear, and what
does this teach them?
What do sevens wear, and wha...
Chapter 6 Discussion
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Why was a replacement child given for 4-yearold Caleb?
Lily, as an eight, got pockets on her jack...
Chapter 6 Quote
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―If you don‘t fit in, you can apply for
Elsewhere and be released. My mother says
that once, about ten ...
Chapter 6 Quote
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―If you don‘t fit in, you can apply for
Elsewhere and be released. My mother says
that once, about ten ...
Chapter 7 Discussion
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What is Jonas‘ birth number? When do parents
in the community use this number?
How is language v...
Chapter 8 Discussion
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What is Jonas‘s Assignment?

What is the difference between the words
assigned and selected?
Wha...
Chapter 8, p. 61
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―We failed in our last selection,‖ the Chief Elder

said solemnly. ―It was ten years ago, when Jonas
wa...
Chapter 9 Discussion
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What does it mean if a name is designated Notto-Be-Spoken? Who did this apply to?
Turn to page 68...
Our Class Receiver
We will designate one student
as the Receiver. This is a high
honor. He or she will:

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 Receive info...
Our Class Receiver
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The Receiver must have:
 Intelligence: good grades; higher-level thinking
 Integrity: rarely breaks...
Our Class Receiver
Vote for one person in class to be
the Receiver. It cannot be yourself.
Your index card should look lik...
Chapter 10 Discussion
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What types of books can be found in regular
households? What do people think of reading?
What is...
Literature Circle Roles

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1. Summarizer

2. Discussion Leader
3. Real-Life Connector
4. Quote-Finder

5. Vocab Wizard
(on...
Summarizer
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 The summarizer writes a detailed paragraph or
two about the previous night‘s reading.
 Meetings are starte...
Discussion Leader
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 This person asks the group questions and keeps
the conversation on track.
 They speak after the sum...
Quote-Finder
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 Meaningful chapter quotes are this person‘s
focus.
 Quotes are chosen if they:
 Reveal a character‘s tr...
Real-Life Connector
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 The real-life connector finds similarities
between the book‘s events and those in our
world.
 The...
Vocab Master
(for groups of five only)

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 This group member finds five challenging
words from the chapter and teaches t...
Literature Circle Procedures

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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Summarizer explains main events.
Discussion Leader asks questions.
Quote-F...
Literature Circle Guidelines
1.

 Leader is partly
Stay on topic (Discussion

responsible for this.)
2. Be polite; do not...
Chapter 12
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The ―change‖ Jonas has noticed is explained.

―You‘re beginning to see the color red.‖
Quiz: 8 points (doubled score)
What could the color red symbolize? List your ideas
by creating a diagram like the one belo...
“Hearing Myself for
the First Time”

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Chapter 12 Quotes
was many different colors.
―There was a time… when flesh
That was before we went to Sameness.‖

―We‘ve ...
“Our people made that choice.”

 was convinced to give
How do you think society
up colors and differences?
Imagine you li...
“Our people made that choice.”

 make a table based
Step One: In your groups,
off of what you know from the book.
Pros of...
Propaganda: WWII
Chapter 14 Discussion

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1. How was the second sled experience different
from the first?
2. Why does the Receiver have to ...
Chapter 14 Quote

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Was there someone there, waiting, who would
receive the tiny released twin? Would it grow up
Elsewhere...
Chapters 15 and 16

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1. What memory makes Jonas never want to return
to the Annex?
2. What happier memories does The Give...
Gabriel
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What do you think is Gabriel‘s purpose in the story?
Can he symbolize anything?
Real-Life Connection:

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China has a population of over 1.3 billion.
As a result, a one-child policy was put into place in...
Real-Life Connection:


South Korean pastor Lee
Jong-rak has set up a public
box in which mothers can
abandon their newbo...
By Lois Lowry

Chapter 20
Chapter 20 Pop Quiz
Use complete sentences in answering the
following on your own paper. (You don’t need to
write out the ...
Biblical Allusions
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Allusion (n): a reference to another text or
historical event
Jonah

Authors choose the names of their characters very
carefully. Why might Lois Lowry have given her
protagonist a name...
The Apple


What is the story of
the Garden of Eden?

What does the apple
symbolize?
Who is a

Christ-like

figure in the book?

A Christ-like figure makes sacrifices for
the good of others.
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  1. 1. By Lois Lowry Chapter Questions
  2. 2. Bloom’s Taxonomy   Taxonomy (n): a system used to classify things  Bloom: the last name of Benjamin Bloom, its creator Lower-level thinking skill Higher-level thinking skill
  3. 3. Chapters 1 and 2 Pop Quiz  1. What is the main character‘s first name? 2. What is his father‘s job? 3. What ritual takes place at dinnertime? 4. What event is the main character apprehensive about? 5. What happens at this event?
  4. 4. Chapters 1 and 2 Pop Quiz Acceptable Answers  1. What is the main character‘s first name? Jonas 2. What is his father‘s job? Nurturer –OR- taking care of newborns 3. What ritual takes place at dinnertime? Telling of feelings 4. What event is the main character apprehensive about? The Ceremony of Twelve 5. What happens at this event? Twelve year-olds get their assignment—their job for life.
  5. 5. Chapter 1  What was your first impression of this society? What stuck out to you? Would you want to live here? Why or why not? Page 2 – the pilot who flew over is ―released.‖ What do you think this means? Page 7 – What does ―release‖ mean for the elderly and newborns?
  6. 6. Chapter 1 Quote  Page 8: ―Most of the people on the night crew had not even been given spouses because they lacked, somehow, the essential capacity to connect to others, which was required for the creation of a family unit.‖ What does this tell us about the society?
  7. 7. Chapter 2  What happens at the Ceremony of Ones? What is the name of the baby that Jonas‘ father is taking care of? What is worrisome about this baby? How are rules changed in this society? What is the community‘s most important job? What is life like after the Ceremony of Twelve?
  8. 8. Chapter 2 Quote  Page 16 ―There are very rarely disappointments, Jonas. I don‘t think you need to worry about that,‖ his father reassured him. ―And if there are, you know there‘s an appeal process.‖ But they all laughed at that—an appeal went to a committee for study. What’s so funny here? What does this say about life in this society?
  9. 9. Chapter 2 Quote  Page 18 But her father had already gone to the shelf and taken down the stuffed elephant which was kept there. Many of the comfort objects, like Lily‘s were soft, stuffed, imaginary creatures. Jonas‘s had been called a bear. What does this quote reveal?
  10. 10. By Lois Lowry Chapters 3-5
  11. 11. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 Pop Quiz  Describe one practice* from the society in The Giver that is similar to a practice in our own society. Explain that similarity in one paragraph (five sentences). *Practice (n): a rule, tradition, habit, or custom When finished, please turn over your paper.
  12. 12. Chapter 3 Discussion  What do Jonas and baby Gabriel have in common? What do you think this will mean? Would you want the job of a birthmother? Why is Jonas‘s mother disappointed in Lily for wanting to be one? What did Jonas take from the rec center, and why? Predictions on what this means…?
  13. 13. Chapter 4 Discussion  What did Jonas do at the House of Old? How did he feel about this job? How would YOU feel about this job? What was the celebration for at the House of Old? What was it like? Did this celebration change how you feel about ―release?‖ How is the treatment of elderly people similar or different from the way we treat them?
  14. 14. Chapter 5 Discussion  What is the morning ritual for Jonas‘s family? What was Jonas‘s dream, and what do you think it meant? What was his mother‘s explanation for this dream? What is the treatment for the stirrings? How did Jonas feel about the stirrings?
  15. 15. Schooling in Germany Similarities to Society in The Giver
  16. 16. German Schooling  Read the article, ―The ABCs of the German School System.‖ Highlight any similarities you notice to schooling and career choice in The Giver. In your group, arrange the types of schools into a flowchart. Call me over when finished. Example Flowchart
  17. 17. Tracking The separating of students according to ability  Examples: American schools (some, not all): Placing students in different English classes for low, medium, and high-level and honors students. Germany: Sending students to different schools based upon their ability and career potential. The Giver: Assigning children different careers based upon the observations of elders.
  18. 18. Tracking The separating of students according to ability  Do you think it works in American schools? Why or why not? Would you want a system similar to The Giver to happen in our society? What is fair about the system? What is unfair about the system?
  19. 19. By Lois Lowry Chapters 6-9
  20. 20. Chapter 6 Discussion  What do fours, fives, and sixes wear, and what does this teach them? What do sevens wear, and what does this teach them? What does getting a bicycle represent?
  21. 21. Chapter 6 Discussion  Why was a replacement child given for 4-yearold Caleb? Lily, as an eight, got pockets on her jacket. What did this represent? If you wanted to leave the community, where would you go?
  22. 22. Chapter 6 Quote  ―If you don‘t fit in, you can apply for Elsewhere and be released. My mother says that once, about ten years ago, someone applied and was gone the next day.‖ -Asher What do we know about the decision-making processes in this society? Why do you think this situation was different?
  23. 23. Chapter 6 Quote  ―If you don‘t fit in, you can apply for Elsewhere and be released. My mother says that once, about ten years ago, someone applied and was gone the next day.‖ -Asher What do we know about the decision-making processes in this society? Why do you think this situation was different?
  24. 24. Chapter 7 Discussion  What is Jonas‘ birth number? When do parents in the community use this number? How is language viewed in this community? Do you think language correctness is taken too seriously? (Consider Asher‘s story.) What effect does it have on you as the reader when girls and boys are called males and females? Why does Jonas worry in this chapter?
  25. 25. Chapter 8 Discussion  What is Jonas‘s Assignment? What is the difference between the words assigned and selected? What do you think the Receiver of Memory does? Why would it involve pain? What happens onstage that makes Jonas realize he might have been the right choice?
  26. 26. Chapter 8, p. 61  ―We failed in our last selection,‖ the Chief Elder said solemnly. ―It was ten years ago, when Jonas was just a toddler. I will not dwell on the experience because it causes us all terrible discomfort.‖ Jonas didn‘t know what she was referring to, but he could sense the discomfort of the audience. They shifted uneasily in their seats. ―We have not been hasty this time,‖ she continued. ―We could not afford another failure.‖
  27. 27. Chapter 9 Discussion  What does it mean if a name is designated Notto-Be-Spoken? Who did this apply to? Turn to page 68… What do you make of these rules? Jonas is worried about pain. What do we know about physical pain in this community? How often does it occur? How is it handled? What do you think this says about them?
  28. 28. Our Class Receiver We will designate one student as the Receiver. This is a high honor. He or she will:   Receive information that the rest of the class will not get to know. (This information will not give him or her any academic benefit.)  Not be allowed to tell anyone the information received.
  29. 29. Our Class Receiver  The Receiver must have:  Intelligence: good grades; higher-level thinking  Integrity: rarely breaks rules; honest; accepts punishment and learns from it  Courage: little fear of new tasks or the chance of failure  Wisdom, or the ability to acquire it with experience.
  30. 30. Our Class Receiver Vote for one person in class to be the Receiver. It cannot be yourself. Your index card should look like this:  Circle his/her name
  31. 31. Chapter 10 Discussion  What types of books can be found in regular households? What do people think of reading? What is mentioned about The Giver‘s eyes? ―This job has aged me.‖ What does this mean? What types of memories will the Giver transfer to Jonas? What is the first memory transmitted to Jonas?
  32. 32. Literature Circle Roles  1. Summarizer 2. Discussion Leader 3. Real-Life Connector 4. Quote-Finder 5. Vocab Wizard (only for groups of five)
  33. 33. Summarizer   The summarizer writes a detailed paragraph or two about the previous night‘s reading.  Meetings are started with this person reading their summary to refresh everyone‘s memory.  Specific details are a must! Avoid vague terms like they, he, stuff, things, etc. and use more precise words.
  34. 34. Discussion Leader   This person asks the group questions and keeps the conversation on track.  They speak after the summarizer.  Their questions are not ‗yes‘ or ‗no‘ ones. They are deeper and may ask for the group‘s opinion, explanation, analysis, or insight.
  35. 35. Quote-Finder   Meaningful chapter quotes are this person‘s focus.  Quotes are chosen if they:  Reveal a character‘s traits  Reveal a character‘s thoughts  Foreshadow  Explain more about the setting/society  Are puzzling, funny, powerful, or interesting
  36. 36. Real-Life Connector   The real-life connector finds similarities between the book‘s events and those in our world.  They provide group members with more information about those connections.  This role requires some research.
  37. 37. Vocab Master (for groups of five only)   This group member finds five challenging words from the chapter and teaches them to the group.  They will:  Read the sentence aloud and have other members guess at its meaning.  Reveal the word‘s meaning.  Give a hint or trick to remembering the word.
  38. 38. Literature Circle Procedures  1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Summarizer explains main events. Discussion Leader asks questions. Quote-Finder discusses selections from text. Real-Life Connector shares connections. Groups of five: Vocab Master shares new words. End-of-Discussion Procedures 1. Decide new roles for next time (must be different) 2. Begin reading the next assigned chapter.
  39. 39. Literature Circle Guidelines 1.  Leader is partly Stay on topic (Discussion responsible for this.) 2. Be polite; do not interrupt others when they speak. 3. Don‘t make fun of anyone. 4. If you read ahead, keep it a secret! If you do not do your job or lose your role sheet, you must come back for lunch to finish/redo it.
  40. 40. Chapter 12  The ―change‖ Jonas has noticed is explained. ―You‘re beginning to see the color red.‖
  41. 41. Quiz: 8 points (doubled score) What could the color red symbolize? List your ideas by creating a diagram like the one below. Give at least three ideas, but feel free to list more. (1 point) Red Then, explain in one paragraph: What is symbolism? What one idea do you think red will symbolize in this book? Support your prediction with an example from the text. (3 points)
  42. 42. “Hearing Myself for the First Time” 
  43. 43. Chapter 12 Quotes was many different colors. ―There was a time… when flesh That was before we went to Sameness.‖ ―We‘ve never completely mastered Sameness. I suppose the genetic scientists are still hard at work trying to work the kinks out.‖ ―Our people made that choice, the choice to go to sameness…We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences… We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.‖
  44. 44. “Our people made that choice.”  was convinced to give How do you think society up colors and differences? Imagine you live in this society, and you’ve been assigned to advertise Sameness BEFORE it is put into place. In your lit circle groups, you will create a persuasive poster that might have been seen hanging around the community.
  45. 45. “Our people made that choice.”  make a table based Step One: In your groups, off of what you know from the book. Pros of Sameness Cons of Sameness Step Two: Create your poster. Consider using slogans, strong images, and logical reasoning from your chart and the book.
  46. 46. Propaganda: WWII
  47. 47. Chapter 14 Discussion  1. How was the second sled experience different from the first? 2. Why does the Receiver have to hold painful memories? 3. Why did elders decide not to let birthmothers have four babies instead of three? 4. What happens when a birthmother has twins? 5. What power did Jonas realize he had?
  48. 48. Chapter 14 Quote  Was there someone there, waiting, who would receive the tiny released twin? Would it grow up Elsewhere, not knowing, ever, that in this community lived a being who looked exactly the same? For a moment, he felt a tiny, fluttering hope that he knew was quite foolish. He hoped that it would be Larissa, waiting. Larissa, the old woman he had bathed. What do you think Elsewhere is?
  49. 49. Chapters 15 and 16  1. What memory makes Jonas never want to return to the Annex? 2. What happier memories does The Giver transmit to Jonas? 3. What parts of these memories does Jonas wish his own community had? 4. What does Jonas decide to stop doing? 5. How is the relationship between Jonas and others changing?
  50. 50. Gabriel  What do you think is Gabriel‘s purpose in the story? Can he symbolize anything?
  51. 51. Real-Life Connection:  China has a population of over 1.3 billion. As a result, a one-child policy was put into place in 1979. The policy has since eased up.
  52. 52. Real-Life Connection:  South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak has set up a public box in which mothers can abandon their newborns. See the documentary trailer.
  53. 53. By Lois Lowry Chapter 20
  54. 54. Chapter 20 Pop Quiz Use complete sentences in answering the following on your own paper. (You don’t need to write out the question.) 1.What are Jonas and the Giver planning to do? 2.The Giver tells Jonas, “When my work here is finished, I want to be with my daughter.” What does he mean by this?
  55. 55. Biblical Allusions  Allusion (n): a reference to another text or historical event
  56. 56. Jonah Authors choose the names of their characters very carefully. Why might Lois Lowry have given her protagonist a name so similar to Jonah, a Biblical prophet?  Prophet (n): a person who serves as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God
  57. 57. The Apple  What is the story of the Garden of Eden? What does the apple symbolize?
  58. 58. Who is a Christ-like figure in the book?  A Christ-like figure makes sacrifices for the good of others.

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