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Prepare your class to read Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, with these pre-reading 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.
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. The plan includes reading strategies, pre-reading questions, and transparencies.
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. Finally, students take an interest inventory by checking off items in a program on the internet which will analyze their answers and formulate a list of possible careers.
Tenth graders identify the different ideas, emotions that different colors represent the significance of color in real life. They examine the significance of the lack of color in The Giver and the movie Pleasantville. They develop imaginative or creative responses to share their ideas.
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.
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.
Students explore discrimination against Jewish people in World War II. In this world history and historical fiction novel study instructional activity, students read Number the Stars over five days. Students 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.
Eighth graders complete a reading of Lois Lowry's, The Giver, and determine a social problem the effects the "utopian society." They research information about the social problem using a number Internet, print, and media resources. They write and deliver a persuasive speech that tells the problem and offers a solution.
Students explore the genres of fiction and non-fiction through their reading of Lois Lowry's, The Giver. They examine the difference between realism and imagination, they examine their own community government, and they create sketches based on the reading. They create small group presentations of the first eight chapters.