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REVIEWS & THE

GIVER
Subject
8th Grade English

Prepared By
Rebecca Wolfing

Grade Level
8th

Materials Required
- Digital Resources
- Internet
Overview
- Websites including Twitter,
Fandango, IMDb, and Amazon
8th grade
will read
and discuss Lois Lowry’s The Giver. In addition,
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andstudents
other digital
forms
students
be introduced to book reviews and their various forms (ratings,
of
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expression/idea
short comments
via social
media, and published, longer analyses from critics).
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(PowerPoint,
Word,
Students
will have an opportunity to craft their own reviews of The Giver
Adobe,
etc.).
through Twitter (short review) and a school based blog discussion (long
Additional Resources
review). Afterwards, they will compare the book to the newly released movie
directed by Phillip Noyce. They will use this compare/contrast method to
create a movie review that demonstrates students understand the importance
of their reasoning and evidence-supported opinion sharing. While students are
crafting these reviews, they will also be reading, reacting, and responding to
their peer’s reviews and those crafted by the public.
Additional Notes

Teacher Guide

Student Guide

Objectives

Write original book and movie reviews
based on The Giver that illustrates
understanding of themes using
evidence supported reviews.

Demonstrate understanding of literary
vocabulary (theme, setting, character
development, etc.) through
independent book and movie reviews.

Activity

Have students read The Giver and
discuss comprehension vocabulary.
Students should understand themes,
character development, protagonist,
antagonist, symbolism, and so on.

Identify themes, characters, plot
development, narrative arc,
symbolism, and other key terms
derived from text analysis.

Next, have students examine what
makes the text (in their opinion) good
or bad, and they must provide specific
examples to support their opinions.

Do you like this book? Why or why
not? If your best friend recommended
it, would it shift your opinion? Why are
reasons for opinions important?

Teacher Guide
Use various posted reviews and have
them examine what makes them good
or bad and why.
Using preferred media (Amazon, IMDb,
Twitter, etc.), students create their
own reviews and respond to their
peers.

Next, watch the Phillip Noyce film of
The Giver and have them
compare/contrast.
Show examples of movie reviews, and
have students identify good, bad,
helpful, unhelpful, positive, and
negative reviews.
Next, students will create their own
reviews of the movie on same or
different media site as the book review
and respond to each other.

Verification

CCSS 8.1, 8.2, 8.4, 8.5, 8.7

Student Guide
Are they helpful? Have you ever had
an opposite review or opinion as
someone? What purposes do these
reviews serve?
Use evidence from the text to support
your opinion. Example: I liked Lois
Lowry’s The Giver because Jonas’
ability to see color shows the
importance of seeing the world in
different perspectives.
Is the book similar to the movie or
does the movie deviate? In what ways
is it similar or different? Why do you
think the director made those choices?
Are they helpful? Have you ever had
an opposite review or opinion as
someone? What purposes do these
reviews serve?
Use evidence from movie and text to
support your claims. Example: I did not
like this movie because Noyce made
the characters older than they are in
the book which detracts from Lowry’s
intent to empower youth in my age
bracket.

Aligns with CCSS

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Teacher Guide

Student Guide

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