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 — 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.
The Giver: Downloadable Lesson Plans
Fifteen documents: pre-reading, symbolism, motifs, characterization, vocabulary, projects, and more. Includes printable worksheets. Access requires a word processor.
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."
Poems for Two Voices and the Theme of Community in The Giver
Using the format of poems for two voices, students compare and contrast life in their own community with life in the community in the book. This page requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
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.