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English 9 Honors

First Semester:
Part I: due 10/20 (A) & 10/21 (B)
Part II: due 11/6 (A) & 11/7 (B)
Part III: due 12/11 (A) & 12/12 (B)

Student Name: Monique Stanford

PART I
Biographical information about the
author

Author: Lois Lowry
Date of Publication: 1993
Genre:

Second Semester:
Part I: due 2/22 (A) & 2/23 (B)
Part II: due 4/16 (A) & 4/17 (B)
Part III: due 5/27 (A) & 5/28 (B)

Major Works Data Sheet(s)

Title: The Giver
PART I

Realistic Fiction

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Lois Lowry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on
March 20, 1937 and attended Brown
University and the University of Southern
Maine and has written more than thirty
children's books and an autobiography. She
PART 1
has won two John Newbery Medals, for
Number the Stars and The Giver.

Explosion at the World Trade Center in New York
February 26, Muslim funamentalists tried to destroy the World Trade
Center, killing five people and trapping tens of thousands of office
workers in the tower. In March, four men connected with Egyptian
sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman were convicted and sentanced to 240
years.
Black Hawk Down
On October 3rd, 1993, US raid on somolia, in which 18 soldiers and
two black helicopters were lost in a succesfull attempt to capture
somolian leader.
CIA Massacre
January 25. A pakistani immigrant armed with an AK47 opens fire on
a convoy of cars filled with CIA employees. 2 were killed, 3 others
were injured. The incident occured 1 month before the WTC bombing
making it one of the 1st acts of Islamic terrorism on U.S soil.

Information source(s):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lois_Lowry

Characteristics of genre:
PART I
Realistic Fiction
Takes place in any time period

Discusses real life problems
Consists of common young adult themes such as…

Honesty/guilt

Choosing right over wrong

And discovering your identity

Information source(s):
http://www.inthe90s.com/generated/time1993.shtml
Information source(s): Page 55 of my INB

Plot Summary (DO NOT PLAGIARIZE THIS SECTION – this comes from you only!)
FIRST HALF SUMMARY: (PART II)
Jonas lives in a life of sameness, there is no violence, pain, suffering, love, anger, color,
etc. When the day comes for the Choosing Ceremony, all of the years, kids’ names are
read off in alphabetical order. At Jonas’s turn, he is skipped and becomes worried that he
will not be assigned. After all the names are called, the announcer calls Jonas’s name and
informs him of his role as Receiver, because of his gift of seeing beyond. Filled with fear
and shock, of his new role he receives his rules and the next day meets the Receiver
(Giver), who teaches Jonas about colors and feelings. The Giver transfers many happy
memories of happiness, and joy, when one day Jonas insists that the Giver give him the
more painful burdens.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY: (PART III)
After the transition, Jonas is shocked and overwhelmed with true feelings and feels
discouraged to continue, but later on finds regains strength and courage when the Giver
shows him one of his favorite memories, to help him keep going on with being Reciever. A
little time later Jonas and the Giver devise a plan to help all of the people within the
Community by having Jonas cross the border into “Beyond” and free all of the memories,
but their plan changes when he learns about the “Release” of Gabriel and makes plans to
leave that night. After a few encouraging memories of bravery and strength to help Jonas
make his way toward “Beyond”. On the way Jonas, little by little gives Gabriel little
pieces of memories to make him cold to hide from planes, and to make him warm in the

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snow. Finally, Jonas and Gabriel make it across the border and find a house decorated like
in the memory the Giver had shared with Jonas.
CHARACTERS
PART III
Adjectives
Description
(What two or three
Name
(What is this character’s role in story? Are they the villain, the
hero, etc…? What actions help exemplify this role?)

adjectives best describe
this character?)

1. Jonas

Hero
Receiver
Protagonist
Round and dynamic character

Compassionate,
brave, and smart

2. Lilly

Flat and static character
Jonas’s “sister”

Obnoxious, sloppy

3. Giver

Static and round character
The previous Receiver

Kind-hearted, loving

4. Asher

Flat and static character
Jonas’s male friend

Goofy, child-like

5. Fiona

Static and flat character
Jonas’s female friend (that he likes)

Gentle, kind

6. The Community

Antagonist
The enemy that shielded everyone from bad, but
also good things

Ignorant,
over-protective

7. Gabriel

Static and flat character
Male infant Jonas’s “father” took in for the night
only to help sleep at night

Restless, strong

8.
9.
10.

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Description of Setting
PART III
Sometime in the future, when mankind
thought they found a way to help protect
and improve the human species and
maintain control and discipline a
community properly without much pain or
harm. Also somewhere maybe possibly
found in the middle of a freezing area,
where snow and frostbite were possible.

PART II
Symbols and Significance of Each Symbol

Opening scene:
PART III
In the Community, where there is no pain
nor love, right before the Choosing
Ceremony of the Elevens going up to
Twelves.

Closing scene:
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At the “Beyond” across the border, in front
of a house of people who maybe escaped
sameness.

Significance of how the novel opens:
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Introduces the setting and how the main
conflict of the story came about.

Significance of how the novel closes:
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Gives the reader relief to know that the main
character is safe and alive by the end of the
book.

EX: Mocking jay pin – symbolizes the uprising within the districts not just
her district symbol

Release Ceremony: The killing of a person
who is too weak, old, or breaks the rules.
Information source(s): _pg. 150 & 151______________
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Possible Themes [at least three]
PART III
(This must be expressed as complete sentences without the use of second person pronouns – i.e.
nothing like this: “You never know when you will love someone”; what I want is something like this:
“Love changes a person’s outlook upon life.”)
Truly living is all about emotions, feelings, and what a person is willing to fight for.
Information source(s): ___Dedication_of_book ____

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Parental consent:
I give ______________________________ permission to read ____________________________________ by
Student Name

Title of Novel

___________________________________ and to complete the accompanying independent novel
assignment.
Author of Novel

_________________________________
Parent Signature

_____________
Date

***Note: Failure to obtain parent
permission to read your choice of
novel will result in your report not
being graded.

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