• giver cover The Newbery Medal winner (1994), The Giver, by Lois Lowry is our second quarter novel. This dystopian tale is filled with several rich examples of the literary devices students are learning in sixth grade: irony, euphemism, flashback, foreshadowing, hyperbole, imagery, allusion, and sarcasm. In addition, the story elements of character, plot, genre, point of view, conflict, setting, and theme are skillfully illustrated by this award winning author and provide classes with excellent examples and a common experience we will refer to throughout the year.
    Students who wish to read beyond The Giver will find the following books in the collection: Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
    The movie version of The Giver  is available on DVD. Students will be bringing home letters seeking your permission to watch the movie in class after the novel is completed. Students will be comparing the book to the movie and analyzing which changes worked and which didn't. They will explore literary devices and story elements to see how the two representations of the story differ. 
    The movie is rated PG-13 because of a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence. See Common Sense Review website.