The Giver Activity - China's One Child Policy - Family Structure in the Novel

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The Giver Activity - China's One Child Policy - Family Structure in the Novel: This is an informative and engaging lesson that allows students to make a text-to-world connection to The Giver by Lois Lowry. Families in The Giver are selected by the community's Committee of Elders, and partners are assigned two children produced by birthmothers.

While this seems like an impossibility in today's society, this activity will give students a real-world connection with the example of China's One-Child Policy. Until relatively recently, families in China were only permitted to have one child in an attempt to control population growth. This article and small group assignment are sure to spark interesting discussions in your classroom that will form important connections to the novel.

Included in The Giver Family Structure in the Novel Activity:

➡️ Teacher Instructions: 
These detailed instructions will guide you through every element of how to successfully implement this activity in your classroom. This activity works best after Chapter 20.

➡️ China's One Child Policy Article: This two-page article tells the history of China's One Child Policy from its inception to the present day. Students will be able to make connections between the article and Jonas' community in The Giver.

➡️ Student Response Assignment: Use this response assignment where students will work in pairs to share and discuss their impressions of the article. They will consider what surprised them, what they learned, and how it connects to The Giver.

What Teachers Are Saying About The Giver Family Structure in the Novel Activity:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a great resource to use when beginning The Giver. It connects to re-world events and brings the dystopian genre some relatability. It truly helped students see connections and then continue to make connections.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this resource. I myself, would not have thought about using China's one-child policy as a reference for The Giver. Not one of my students had ever heard of China's one-child policy, so they were surprised and saddened to read about it and the ways people were treated when they chose to have more than one child. This resource was a wonderful tool!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amazing real-word connection to the book- students enjoyed learning something new. Many were very shocked.

>>>This resource is included in my unit plan for the novel!

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