Lois Lowry Teacher Resources
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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 Giver" by Lois Lowry and then attempt to create their own "perfect society". They work in groups to create a Powerpoint presentation outlining the rules of the ultimate society.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Lois Lowry's Number the Stars. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
Class members use a KWHL graphic organizer to record what they know, want to know, and what they need to learn as they read Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal winning novel about a Danish Jewish family.
Fifth graders listen and react to the book Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. They write in their journals every day approximately one page or more as a reflection on the reading.
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.
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.
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.
In this online interactive literature activity, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Lois Lowry's The Giver. Students may check some of their answers online.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Lois Lowry's Number the Stars. Students may check some of their answers online.
Learners 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. The other student names the correct 100s group and physically goes to the correct location in the library.
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 15 short answer and essay questions about Lowry's The Giver. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
Students participate in an activity pulled from Lois Lowry's The Giver. In this literature lesson, students engage in a classroom simulation that requires them to listen to music and follow strict instructions according the community rules. Students discuss the tone of the meeting once they finish the activity and relate it back to the novel.
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. The resource uses Inspiration software to create a graphic organizer, but if you don't have Inspiration, the categorization process could definitely be done by hand or with a different computer program.
Ninth graders write a continuation of the book The Giver. In this novel writing lesson, 9th graders read the book and discussed the way Lois Lowry wrote the book. Students answer questions about the novel and write an continuing chapter for the book.
Eighth graders investigate the needs of individuals and society. In this literature study lesson, 8th graders read Lois Lowry's The Giver and complete projects on the novel that require them to build vocabulary, enhance reading skills, write about their impressions, and discuss Lowry's themes.
In this vocabulary and summary activity, students craft a summary of the events that occur in chapters 1-4 of Lois Lowry's The Giver. The summary must include the 12 vocabulary words listed on the sheet.
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. This instructional activity provides an outline for what each PowerPoint slide should contain.