The Giver by Lois Lowry

"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened."
Thus opens this haunting novel in which a boy inhabits a seemingly ideal world: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, or inequality. It is a time in which family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and even good manners are a way of live.
December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve year old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man -- the man called only the Giver -- he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

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Your Summer Assignment

1. Read the book and enjoy! Fill out a PLOT SHEET!!!!!
2. Post two, one-paragraph responses to any of the questions listed on the "Discussion" page.
3. Pick one of the following "Prove-It" Projects from the list found on the Summer Reading "Home" Page:
A. Project 8: Create a Board Game of a Utopia for others in your book club to play.
B.Create a comic strip based on the novel.
C. Project 12: Technology based projects such as power points, iMovies, your own book trailer on YouTube, or even your own wikipedia page dedicated to the novel. Need teacher approval first for this project.

The Giver Discussion Questions

After reading The Giver, answer the following discussion questions:
1. Jonas is chosen as the next Receiver of Memory. Is this an honor or a punishment?

2. If ignorance of the past is a benefit to the citizens of the community, why do you think that the Receiver of Memory exists?

3. The Chief Elder lists five characteristics that a Receiver must have: intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom and the Capacity to See Beyond. Was Jonas a good choice for this position?

4. Do you agree with Jonas’s decision to leave the community? Why or why not?
5. How realistic is this society? Could it exist?
the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

Told with deceptive simplicity, this is the provocative story of a boy who experiences something incredible and undertakes something impossible. In the telling it questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs.