The Giver
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Author: Lois Lowry

Subject: A futuristic community that has eliminated all pain, fear, war, and hatred.

Setting: A "perfect" world where everyone is seemingly happy.

Description:
In a world with no poverty, no crime, and no illness, and where everyone has a job and every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen for the community's highest office--Receiver of Memories. During his training with the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the shocking details of his seemingly utopian world and struggles against this hypocrisy.

Lexile Measure: 920
Grade Level: 6,7,8,9
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Gender of Main Character: Boy

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In Jonas's community, the leaders try to minimize characteristics that make people different: they place a high value on "sameness," in appearance and in thinking. In our world most people are pleased to be different in some way. Write a paragraph about a characteristic that you have, personal or physical, that makes you different.

"The Giver" describes a community that many people would consider to be a utopia, or perfect place. Some readers would agree that "The Giver" does indeed represent utopia. Others would argue that it is both imperfect and frightening. Write a multi-paragraph essay to persuade the reader that the community in "The Giver" is IMPERFECT and FRIGHTENING.


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