THE GIVER DIGITAL PAPERLESS UNIT PLAN (USE WITH GOOGLE DRIVE)
This digital, paperless unit plan for The Giver by Lois Lowry has everything you will need to teach Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel in a 1:1 classroom. With over 340 slides of eye-catching Google Slides, digital assignments, questions, vocabulary, and interactive class activities, you will have everything you need!
This digital unit is created with Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Forms and can easily be shared with Google Drive, Google Classroom or even via email! You don't have to be a tech savvy person to make this work in your class. The detailed step-by-step instructions provided make it painless and easy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a digital unit meant for a 1:1 or paperless classroom.
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INCLUDED IN YOUR PURCHASE:
•18 slide Google Slides introductory presentation that includes pre-reading discussion questions and activities, author’s biography, fun whole-class quiz, and background information on the novel.
NOVEL GENRE PRESENTATION
•17 slide Google Slides Novel Genre presentation that includes information on Utopia, Dystopia, and Science Fiction. Each genre has a link to a video clip to demonstrate the genre in action, as well as a prompt for students to find their own examples
CHAPTER SUMMARY CARDS
• Chapter Summary Cards – digital summary cards that you can keep handy for those students who struggle with reading comprehension. They can also be useful if a student is looking for a particular part of the plot. They can check the summary cards to find the correct chapter!
• 10 Reading quizzes using Google Forms that include quotes from the novel. Students need to explain what is happening at this particular point in the plot based on the quote. This eliminates cheating, since students will have had to read the actual text (not just an online summary) to find the answers
• A detailed print version answer key for each quiz is included for easy marking/reference.
• A Google Slides presentation explaining to students how to determine the meaning of an unknown word using context.
• Vocabulary digital response sheets for students with quotes from the novel that use challenging vocabulary. Students use context to determine the meaning of the bolded word. There is also a place for the actual definition to be inserted.
• A 38 Slide Google Slides presentation to go over each of the vocabulary words with synonyms/definitions for students to easily understand the new terms (organized by chapter sets)
• Reading Questions Google Docs – A ready-to-share set of reading questions that include basic comprehension questions and ‘Digging Deeper’ questions. Included in a full doc, or separate docs for each chapter set.
• A 62 Slide Google Slides presentation that includes all the answers to the questions for easy review with the whole class.
A 35 Slide Google Slides presentation to go over the notes with your students for each of the sets of chapters. Includes information on setting, characterization, theme, plot, and much more!
• 8 digital, ready-to-use FUN interactive activities that students will absolutely LOVE! Below are the activities included
o SHARING OF FEELINGS ACTIVITY – students gather together with their classroom family to share an emotion of the day
o HOUSE OF OLD ACTIVITY - students discover how the elderly are treated in different cultures, and work together to create an outline of how they are treated in Jonas’ society.
o DREAM SHARING ACTIVITY – students learn the interpretations of their own dreams, and discuss the purpose of this ritual in the novel
o CEREMONY OF 12 SIMULATION – students are assigned a role and must either journal about it, or apply for a new role.
o SEEING BEYOND ACTIVITY – students will be exposed to optical illusions which allow them to empathize with Jonas’ ability to see beyond.
o MEMORY ACTIVITY – students receive new memories from the Giver and discuss their impact and importance. They also work together to share an important historical memory.
o NO PAIN ACTIVITY – students will watch a video and read an article to learn what it would be like to feel no pain. They will also discuss a world without emotional pain.
o CHILDREN ACTIVITY – students will read an article on the one-child policy in China to empathize with Jonas’ community. They will also share their feelings on this practice.
• 4 post reading digital assignments that students can choose from after finishing The Giver (student differentiation)
o Writing The Giver’s Speech To The Community
o Creating a Giver Soundtrack
o Responding To Lois Lowry’s Newbery Acceptance Speech
o Writing Jonas’ Journal
PLOT DIAGRAM ASSIGNMENT
• Plot Diagram digital template for students to complete post-reading. Print answer keys are included for easy review
ESSAY WRITING RESOURCES
• 9 Essay Topics for students to choose from in a Google Doc
• 2 Digital graphic organizers for essay pre-writing
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