Day 1

The Giver Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Utopian Communities

    Kind of Activity:

    Research

    Objective:

    To understand how Jonas' community compares to other historical utopian communities in the US

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.RH.6-8.2

    Structure:

    Have students define the word "utopia." Discuss whether discuss whether Jonas' community has features of a utopian community. Some points worth mentioning:

    - The community is "extraordinarily safe, each citizen watchful and protective of all children" (chapter 6).

    - Life conforms to a predictable, safe routine: "The evening proceeded as all evenings did in the family unit, in the dwelling, in the community: quiet, reflective, a time for renewal and preparation for the day...

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