Day 4

The Giver Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Euphemisms

    Kind of Activity:

    Individual Writing

    Objective:

    To understand the use of euphemisms in The Giver

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6-8.4

    Structure:

    Assign students' this passage from George Orwell's 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, available here:

    "...political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no...

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