The Giver Activity - A World Without Pain Article and Novel Assignment

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The Giver Activity - A World Without Pain Article and Novel Assignment is a ready-to-use resource that will allow students to examine a world with no pain as the community members experience in The Giver by Lois Lowry. In the novel, community members have been completely sheltered from feeling any emotional or physical pain.

While this seems positive, Jonas comes to realize that just as there is no pain without memory, there is also no true happiness. Allow your students to make a real-world connection to the novel by reading and watching a video about a condition where people feel absolutely no pain. This activity is sure to engage your students in thoughtful discussion about the importance that pain plays in our lives.

How The Giver Activity - A World Without Pain Activity Works:

Students will be greeted in the classroom by a colorful poster welcoming them to a world without pain. Students will work in groups of four and the teacher will use the slideshow to guide every element of the lesson, starting with a class discussion and a stand-up/sit-down activity. Then, students will read an article called “Living in a World Without Pain.” After reading, students will watch an interview about a girl who has a condition where she experiences no pain.

Afterwards, students will consider whether they would like to live a life without pain. They will compile a list of negative emotions or emotional pain like loneliness, grief, loss, jealousy, panic, disgust, sorrow, anger, embarrassment, shame, or guilt.

To deepen their understanding, guide students to work collaboratively as a group to complete a chart that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of living a life free from emotional pain. Finally, students will consider how this activity relates to the novel and how it impacts the community, The Giver, and Jonas as he goes through the process of discovering pain.

Included in The Giver Activity - A World Without Pain Activity:

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

➡️ Classroom Poster: Welcome students with this eye-catching poster that will introduce them and hook them into the activity.

➡️ Teacher Slideshow: Use the teacher slideshow to guide the entire activity. The presentation includes discussion questions, a link to a relevant video, and prompts to guide every element of the lesson

➡️ A World Without Pain Article: Use this article to teach students about a condition where people do not experience pain. Although this may sound like an ideal world, students will soon realize the important role that pain plays in our lives.

➡️ Pros and Cons of Emotional Pain Assignment: Students will work with a partner or a small group to consider the pros and cons of living in a world with no emotional pain. A detailed answer key is included.

What Teachers Are Saying About The Giver Activity - A World Without Pain Activity:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a great real-world connection to The Giver! I appreciated the activities to help students make the connection between the risks of not feeling physical pain and the risks of not feeling emotional pain. Many of my 8th graders flippantly said that they would LOVE to not feel emotional pain, but this conversation helped expand their thinking!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This lesson started a wonderful discussion in my class about the advantages and disadvantages of having a loss of feeling. The class got into a meaningful debate and many students created great talking points.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This resource was wonderful for my students. I appreciated it because students had to dig a little deeper to provide appropriate and detailed responses as to the advantages and disadvantages of not being able to feel pain. This resource and the video recommended fostered some great classroom discussions.

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

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