2Lois Lowry Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1937 Moved to rural Pa. when WWII beganLived all over U.S., as well as JapanGraduated from Boston U. and U. of Southern MaineAlso worked as a freelance journalist and photographerNow lives in Maine
3Writing Career Published first book, A Summer to Die, in 1978 Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye made into a TV movieAnastasia Krupnik named ALA Notable BookWon two Newbery Awards for Number the Stars and The Giver
4Perfect Society In groups of 3-4: Describe your idea of a perfect society.Details please!What rules/laws would you need?At least 10How would your laws be enforced?Who is in charge? Who has the power?How would decisions be made?Think of a name for your society.
7Questions Chapters 1-4What is significant about the airplane incident in the opening pages of the story?Why is Jonas apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony?How are Assignments determined in the community?Why does the community value “precision of speech”?What are the different ways the community views “release”?Explain the role of Birthmother in Jonas’s community.How is conformity encouraged in the community?What is the purpose of the telling of feelings session?Why didn’t Jonas share the incident involving the apple with his family at the telling of feelings session that evening?How are the elderly treated in Jonas’s Community?
8Answers Chapters 1-4What is significant about the airplane incident in the opening pages of the story?It points out how strict the community is because the pilot was released after making a wrong turn.2. Why is Jonas apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony?Because he is turning 12 and will receive his assignment, he is apprehensive about what the assignment may be and whether he will be disappointed with what is chosen for him.3. How are Assignments determined in the community?Assignments are determined by observation by the Elders which consider a child’s interests, talents, strengths, and weaknesses.Why does the community value “precision of speech”?Members of the community must use words with the exact meaning so that there is no room for interpretation or feelings.
9Answers Chapters 1-4What are the different ways the community views “release”?Release for newchildren is viewed as sad because they have not had the opportunity to live in the community and have done nothing wrong. Release for the elderly is viewed as a time of celebration for the life they have lead. Release for a transgression is viewed as a disgrace.Explain the role of Birthmother in Jonas’s community.The role of Birthmother has very little honor. They receive pampering during their reproductive years and then become laborers in the community.How is conformity encouraged in the community?Conformity or being the same is encouraged through dress. Everyone wears the same clothing, participates in the same ceremonies.
10Answers Chapters 1-4 How are the elderly treated in Jonas’s Community? What is the purpose of the telling of feelings session?It encourages members of the community to analyze their feelings so that they are looked at with fewer emotions. It helps prevent them from becoming overemotional about daily events.Why didn’t Jonas share the incident involving the apple with his family at the telling of feelings session that evening?Jonas was confused and was unsure how to put the event into words.How are the elderly treated in Jonas’s Community?When they are no longer productive members of the society, they are moved to The House of Old. After this, they are clelebrated and then “released.”
11Vocabulary ActivityUsing the 10 words from Chapters 1-4, write a newspaper article telling about an event that was newsworthy from the book. This article must be written from Jonas’s point of view and at least 8 sentences.
14Questions Chapters 5-811. What is the purpose of telling of dreams sessions? 12. What is the significance of Jonas’s dream about Fiona and why must such dreams be officially reported? 13. In what ways does the community stress interdependence? 14. Why is the annual Ceremony so important to the community? 15. What happens at the Ceremony of Loss and the Murmur-of-Replacement Ceremony? 16. Why might minor rule-breaking, such as riding a bicycle before the age of nine, be tolerated in the otherwise strict community? 17. How does one’s gender affect the Assignment one receives? 18. What might the incident involving Asher asking for a “smack” instead of a “snack” indicate about the community? 19. Explain the phrase, “Thank you for your childhood,” that the Chief Elder offers each Twelve after announcing his or her Assignment. 20. Why is Jonas so upset when he is passed over by the Chief Elder? 21. What is ironic about the phrase used to describe the Receiver of Memory’s job: “the most honored in the community”?
17Questions Chapters 9-1222. How does Jonas’s family react to his Assignment? 23. How does Jonas’s rule sheet serve to further distance him from others in the community? 24. Which rule bothers Jonas most and why? 25. Jonas notices that The Giver’s dwellings contain thousands of books while his own, as well as everyone else’s in the community, contain only three reference volumes. What might be the reason for this contrast? 26. Why is it forbidden to lock doors or turn off the speakers, which are a part of every dwelling? 27. What is Sameness? 28. What is Jonas’s first training session like? 29. What might the use of the discipline wand on the elderly suggest about the community and about human nature? 30. How does The Giver help Jonas understand his capacity to see beyond, and what is Jonas’s reaction?