7 Grade ELA Unit 1thPerformance Task By: Brian Williams 10/21/12
Adversity #1 Jonas’ adversity were the painful memories that he had to endure that the Giver transferred to him. “Overwhelmed by pain, he lay there in the fearsome stench for hours, listened to the men and animals die, and learned what warfare meant.” (Lowry, Lois pg. 120)
Perseverance #1 Jonas persevered through his adversity by leaving his community behind with Gabriel. “Suddenly he was aware with certainty and joy that below, ahead, they were waiting for him; and that they were waiting, too, for the baby.” (Lowry, Lois pgs. 178-179)
Adversity #2 Darrell’s adversity was dealing with a strong, mean, bully that attacked and insulted Darrell constantly. “Darrel gave them $3.25, all he had. His hands were trembling when he turned over the money. “Three bucks? That all you got?” Tyray demanded. (Langan, Paul Pg.25)
Perseverance #2 Darrell persevered by training to become the strongest he could and building his self-confidence. “He wanted to be so strong that no one would ever laugh when he was around. He wanted to be bigger, taller, and stronger than Tyray. (Langan, Paul loc. 813 of 1589 kindle) “Darrell Mercer, you’re the man!” Harold yelled excitedly. “Everybody’s saying that!” “Darrell was grateful for them. They were his friends, his new friends. Because of them, he would never again be alone at Bluford.” (Langan, Paul loc. 1568 of 1589 kindle)
Adversity #3 Alfa’s adversity was being poor and struggling to take care of his sister & demented great- grandmother, while dealing with rent problems & an accusation of stealing money. “What we had was a bad case of rent-money blues at the end of every month.” (Robinet, Harriette pg. 2)
Perseverance #3 Alfa persevered through his problems by figuring out and running off who stole their rent money monthly, who pawned a stolen silver money clip and Mama Merryfield will finally get social security. “They’re the ones who take our rent money,” whispered Zinnia. (Robinet, Harriette pg. 117) “I believe Mrs. Williams stole her husband’s money.” (Robinet, Harriette pg. 136) Officer Newton: “I applied for it by phone. She’s been due it for years. All she needs to do is sign the form when it comes.” (Robinet, Harriette pg. 137)
reflections How Jonas persevered: staying strong and leaving the community when the memories became too much to handle. How Darrell persevered: training to get stronger and building self-confidence. How Alfa persevered: finding out who was taking their rent money every month, who actually stole the money clip and getting more money added to the household when Mama Merryfield begin receiving social security.
Bibliography Google.com Lowry, Lois (1993). “The Giver". Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Langan, Paul(2002). “The Bully”. West Berlin, NJ: Townsend Press. Robinet, Harriette (2000).“Walking To The Bus-Rider Blues”. New York, Ny: Simon & Schuster.