Lois Lowry Teacher Resources
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The Giver: Lesson 1
Do “memories need to be shared?" Are “memories…forever?" Would you give up memory to live in a perfect world? Introduce a unit centered on Lois Lowry’s utopian/dystopian novel The Giver with a series of activities that has groups designing the components of a perfect world and considering the sacrifices that such a world would necessitate.
6th - 9th English Language Arts
Lessons from the Holocaust
This lesson plan includes an excellent informational text with background information on the Holocaust, as well as worksheets, book report guidelines, and discussion questions on Lois Lowry's Number the Stars. There is also an extension lesson relating the atrocity of the Holocaust to the modern conflict in Africa between the Sudanese government and African tribes.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Giver Lesson Plan
Investigate philosophical issues and opinions on human society while reading The Giver. This English literature lesson prompts middle schoolers analyze the plot, climax, dialogue, and characters of The Giver by Lois Lowry. They update a plot diagram which organizes the elements of the story.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Planning an Argument
Prepare your class for writing an argumentative essay. In order to get ready to write their essays, which will focus on The Giver by Lois Lowry, class members complete a think-pair-share about character decisions. They also list and categorize the ideas they have about their topic.
6th - 7th English Language Arts
Introducing "Number the Stars"
Prepare your class to read Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, with these prereading activities. This resource lists three ideas to ready your readers. Learners explore the historical context, connect to the book, and preview the book. These ideas could be fleshed out and adapted to be more specific and concrete.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Create a PowerPoint:Based on The Giver
Are you reading Lois Lowry's The Giver in your language arts class? Have your young readers create a PowerPoint presentation about their life, and how they connect to the lives of the characters from the novel. They present information about themselves and make connections about their life and the life of the main character.
7th - 8th 21st Century Skills
Number the Stars
Learners explore discrimination against Jewish people in World War II. In this world history and historical fiction novel study lesson, students read Number the Stars over five days. Learners define vocabulary words and use comprehension strategies such as making inferences, summarizing, and making text to text and text to world connections followed by group discussion of the text.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History
Gooney Bird Greene Meets Melvil Dewey
Young scholars play a game that synthesizes their role playing skills, literature, and comprehension of the Dewey Decimal System. They listen as one student reads a statement that informs the class why they need a book, and then ask another student for help.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
The Holocaust: An Introduction for Children (To Be Used with Number the Stars)
In this literature and history worksheet, students prepare to read the novel by Lois Lowry Number the Stars. Students read the history behind the Nazi occupation of Denmark and the arrest of the Jews there. This is a 10 page historical account of the Holocaust events with photographs from WW1.
5th - 6th English Language Arts
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
Students read the novel, "The Giver", and test their comprehension through the game Jeopardy. Then students research individual rights of different cultures and write a summary of their findings. Students develop a personal timeline of significant years and why each specific age is important.
5th - 7th Social Studies & History