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Reading "The Giver"/own choice

Skapad 2019-04-25 11:45 i Mälarhöjdens skola Stockholm Grundskolor
Grundskola 7 – 9 Engelska
It’s time for some more reading, to develop comprehension, words, speaking and reading skills. This time there will be given questions to discuss and write about. We will finish with watching the movie and make a comparison.


- improve and develop reading comprehension
- improve and develop vocabulary
- improve and develop speaking skills
- improve and develop your writing







reading: “The Giver”/own choice


Chapters 1-7




Chapters 8-12




Chapters 13-17




Chapters 18-23


group presentations/discussions




continue with film




compare/contrast film/book



William, , Erik N, Tim, Ilse, Moa
Obaid, Pelle, Maja, Erik WW, Ethel
Jakob, Viggo, Marcus E, MImmi, Alice
Roni, August, Ludvig, Omeed
Pelin, Jonas, Elsa, Marcus Y
Own choice
Amanda, Wilda  (questions at the end)

Questions to use for the discussion

- choose two of the content questions when you discuss the book
- choose any two questions to write down in your notebook

Part 1
Chapters 1-7 (content)
1. What have you learned about the society in which Jonas lives?
2. What rules does Jonas’ father disobey?
3. How do people receive their Assignment?
4. What about the society is revealed by the reaction to eye colour?
5. How was Jonas disciplined for taking an apple home?  Why had the apple intrigued Jonas?
6. What seems to be the purpose of the volunteer hours?

7. What are the Releasing Room and the releasing ceremony?
8. What is interdependence?
9. What is the difference in the book between loss and release?  Why do you think the author
     points out the distinction on page 44?

1.What are the pro and cons of the Community?
2. Why do you think there are no animals in the Community? How did this happen?
3. What consequences may occur if the following happened in the Community?
- taking someone else’s bike                      - teasing a sibling for doing poorly on a test
- refusing to accept someone’s apology - biking to another community
4. Why would Asher be worried that this is their last night of childhood?

Part 2
Chapters 8-12 (content)
1. What is announced as Jonas’ Assignment? What is the job?
2. What qualities does the Chief Elder explain Jonas will need?
3. What happened to the Receiver selection that failed?

4. What are Jonas’ instructions for his Receiver training? Why are the rules particularly puzzling?
5. Why is it important to save the memories?
6. What other memories are transmitted on this day of training?

7. Why did the book’s world eliminate sunshine and hills?
8. Why doesn’t Jonas tell his friends about his training?
9. Why don’t the people in the book perceive colours?

1. After being selected to be the Receiver of Memory, how does this section change Jonas?
2. A Receiver must have: intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and capacity to see beyond. What
     does this mean to the Receiver and what do they mean to you?
3. Why is being “selected” thought of as more of an honour, if one cannot really refuse the selection?
4. Do you believe Climate Control would benefit our society?

Part 3
Chapter 13-17 (content)
1. What does The Giver share of his personal family life?
2. What are you feeling about the book’s way of life?
3. How does Jonas’ understanding and growing wisdom increase after he experiences that pain?
4. How does Jonas calm Gabriel?

1. What types of subjects do Jonas and his peers study and school? Why these?
2. Jonas reacts to children playing war (p.168). Do you agree that children shouldn’t “play” war? How do you
     feel about other media that portray violence?
3. What significance does the absence of love have on the Community as a whole? Explain/Exemplify.
4. Why is it so important to Jonas that Fiona stops receiving her injections? What motivates him to
     try to convince her? What outcome does he expect?

Part 4
Chapters 18-23 (content)
1. What was the story of Rosemary?
2. Why does The Giver advise Jonas to stay away from the river?
3. Why does Jonas refuse to go home?
4. What is the plan Jonas and The Giver hatch? What are the specifics of the escape plan?
5. What makes Jonas’ escape plan fall apart?
6.  Is Jonas justified in his escape?
7. What weather conditions impede Jonas’ progress toward Elsewhere?

8. How do Jonas and Gabe finally get to safety?

1. Do Jonas’s rules make sense? What changes would you do to the rules?
2. What was the most important reason Jonas would have to choose to leave his Community? Is his
    choice a selfless or selfish one? Is he a coward or is he a hero?
3. Do you agree or disagree with Jonas’s choice to bring Gabe on his escape?
4. “For all the children to whom we entrust our future. You are the receiver of our memories.”
What is the significance with these final words? How does it capture the spirit of the book?

Reading a book of your own
Part 1

1. A short summary of the book
2. How are the main characters introduced?
3. Narrative – what perspective has the book?
4. What kind of book is it?
5. Do you enjoy your reading? Why? Why not?
When both have talked about the above.
6. Are there any similarities between your books?



Part 2

1. A short summary of what has happened since the last time
2. Describe/present your main character; traits, looks, habits, etc.
3. Are there any other characters of importance?
4. Choose a passage in the book that you like, and read out loud, and explain why you like it.

Part 3

1. A short summary of what has happened since the last time.
2. Talk about the different scenes where your books take place. Is it a real place?
3. Are the descriptions of the different scenes meaningful to the content of the story? Why?
4. Choose one description and explain your thoughts.

Part 4

1. How did your book end? Are you pleased/happy with the ending? Explain!
2. Was there something that you didn’t understand/didn’t get any answers for?
3. Does the book have a message? Something you should learn from reading it? What? Why is that?
4. Would you recommend the book? Why/Why not?
5. Would you be interested to read each other’s books? Why/Why not?


Kopplingar till läroplanen

  • Syfte
  • förstå och tolka innehållet i talad engelska och i olika slags texter,
  • formulera sig och kommunicera i tal och skrift,
  • använda språkliga strategier för att förstå och göra sig förstådda,
  • anpassa språket efter olika syften, mottagare och sammanhang, och
  • Centralt innehåll
  • Intressen, vardagliga situationer, aktiviteter, händelseförlopp samt relationer och etiska frågor.
    En  7-9
  • Muntliga och skriftliga instruktioner och beskrivningar.
    En  7-9
  • Olika former av samtal, dialoger, intervjuer och muntliga framställningar.
    En  7-9
  • Skönlitteratur och annan fiktion även i talad, dramatiserad och filmatiserad form.
    En  7-9
  • Muntlig och skriftlig information samt diskussioner och argumentation med olika syften, till exempel nyheter, reportage och tidningsartiklar.
    En  7-9
  • Samtal och diskussioner samt argumentation.
    En  7-9
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