Day 1

The Giver Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the difference between Jonas and Asher? Why do you think they are friends?

    Jonas is careful with language. Asher, on the other hand, talks quickly, mixes up words and phrases, and often arrives to class late. They play catch together to help Asher's hand-eye coordination. Perhaps they are friends because opposites attract: Jonas is thoughtful; Asher is fun. Jonas deliberates before acting; Asher seems to jump right in.

  2. 2

    Why do you think Jonas is careful about language?

    Partly it is a matter of personality. Since he spends his bike rides trying to pinpoint the nature of his feelings, we know he's a thoughtful boy. Jonas' carefulness with language is also...

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