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The Giver by Lois Lowry
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The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jonas lives in a perfect world were all decisions and choices are made for the people by the Committee of Elders. Food and shelter are provided for all, and there is no war or pain. At the age of twelve, when everyone has a job chosen for them, Jonas is picked for the great honor of becoming the community’s next Giver. There is only one Giver in each community and when a child with the right abilities comes along the Giver passes on all the memories of the community to the new Giver. Now it is Jonas’ turn to receive the memories and the truth about his community. Once his training starts, Jonas begins to view his world differently and have feelings he has never felt before. How will he deal with a community that will never be the same for him?

At the beginning I thought that Jonas’ community was overly structured but the children appeared to have fun and everyone seemed happy. But as the story continued I realized that how hollow their lives really were. I felt sorry for these people who had every thought and feeling controlled and every action dictated. Yes, they gained peace but at what price?

Classroom Extension:
Students would decide which world they would like to live in, Jonas’ current world or the one his community lost. They must support their choice with content from the book.
If they had a chance to run a community like Jonas’, what rules and regulation would they insist on having?

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