The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lesson plans and other teaching resources
The Giver E-Notes Lesson Plan
Summary, analysis, criticism, chapter-by-chapter lessons and assessments, puzzle pack, response journal, more.
The author's official site.
Activities to support reading: This Date in History, Historical Jigsaw puzzle from LOC, Informational Chart, Formulate a Career Plan, Utopic Research of 3 utopian communities, Memory Treasure Chest.
A message from the author, booktalk, pre-reading activity, thematic connections, interdisciplinary projects, vocabulary, and related titles.
Quotations for close reading and discussion, divided by chapter.
A black-and-white activity designed as a followup to the novel.
Students explore the effect of different colors as an introduction to the idea of "no-color" in the book.
Designed for grades 7 and 8, this novel guide includes theme openers, crosscurricular activities, research assignments, and related readings.
Pre-reading activities, vocabulary, writing activities for during reading, after reading suggestions, and related links.
The Giver Educator's Resource Guide
Discussion questions, writing prompts, cross-curricular connections, debate topics. academic vocabulary like irony, turning point. Designed to accompany the 2014 film. 28 pages; Adobe Reader required.
The Giver — Authority
A unit lesson that will have students be researchers and recorders in the process of finding information on Utopian societies, cults and authority. Students will complete a Powerpoint, Glogster, essay or news broadcast by the conclusion of the essay.
The Giver: Crossword
Crossword puzzle with answers. Access requires Adobe Reader.
Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs
From the site: "By discussing the importance of having a written history of humanity, and the ways in which prior knowledge and life experiences influence others, students soon realize the horror of Jonas's utopian society. This understanding generates a keen interest in the descriptive writing of students' own history."
Teaching Problem Solving Through The Giver
In this blog post a teacher describes a prewriting strategy that helped students narrow a topic before writing an argument paragraph.
Vocabulary from The Giver
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of recent use, more.
Word Search: The Giver
This 2-page printable requires Adobe Reader for access, includes answers.
Word Unscramble: The Giver
A list of 16 scrambled words drawn from the book. This 2-page printable requires Adobe Reader for access, includes answers.
Links to lesson plans for other works by Lowry.