Informational texts to accompany Lois Lowry's The Giver
By Joanna Spyratos, 7th Grade Teacher, John W. Garvy School
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a novel about Jonas, a boy living in a strict, utopian society. Jonas demonstrates a need for individuality, though, and the story explores the role memories play in shaping each individual. The following differentiated lesson sets, applied writing lessons and free close reading lessons expand on themes of memory and individuality. Using these sets and applied lessons in my classroom helps my students explore the themes found in The Giver in other contexts and, therefore, helps them strengthen their critical thinking and debate skills.
Additional Reading Lessons
- Students Get Lessons in Character Building on Day Off from School (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Robots in Disguise: The Psychology of Addiction (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Naomi Shihab Nye and the Power of Stories (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.5)
Applied Reading & Writing Lessons
- The Human Hive (Grade 6; CCSS.RI.6.3; CCSS.W.6.1)
- The Human Phenome: Getting the Big Picture (Grade 7; CCSS.RI.7.3; CCSS.W.7.1)
- Multiday Short Fiction: The Lottery (Grade 8; CCSS.RL.8.3; CCSS.W.8.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Perseverance: How do we overcome challenges in our country, our communities, and our lives?
- Conflict and Dominance: How do conflict and the struggle for dominance affect the human spirit?
- Genetics: How do your genes contribute to who you are?
Direct Instruction on Key Skills & Concepts
- Making Arguments About Connections Within a Text (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.9)
- Making Arguments About Connections Within a Text (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.9)
- Making Arguments About Point of View (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.6)
- Making Arguments About Point of View (Grades 6-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.6)