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What The Giver Society is Missing

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Keywords: slideshow, The Giver, Lois Lowry, Rules, Photography
Subject(s): English/Language Arts, Reading, Technology, Photography
Grades 6 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: North Hills Christian School, Vallejo, CA
Planned By: Tricia Banda
Original Author: Tricia Banda, Vallejo
California State Standard
English-Language Arts
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Adopted August 2010 (DOC; 3MB) (Updated Mar-2013)
#1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

#7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.*

#8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

The Giver Novel by Lois Lowry
Tool Factory Slideshow - Computer Program
Notes about the rules followed in this community

Rules are found abundant everywhere you look. Rules are necessary for order, but what happens when a society goes too far with it? The people in The Giver by Lois Lowry have eliminated some of the most wonderful things about our world in order to keep their community "safe".
With the notes you have been recording about the rules of that culture, take photographs depicting the good they are missing out of because of them. Remember to take photos that have a positive connotation and evokes a optimistic response.
Different angles and lighting are important factors to remember when you are shooting so please be mindful of them. For example, instead of snapping a shot standing up, try lying down on the floor and looking at your object from that angle. Also when photographing have the sun/light at your back otherwise the lighting will not turn out properly.

An example of a rule and how to take a photograph portraying the set back.

1. In the community, a man and a woman may only have two children. The community is missing out on the joy of having a large family. In fact some of you may not exist in the community because your parents would not have been able to have a 3rd , 4th child and so on. Take photos of you and your family or of your siblings to add to the slideshow.
-Students write an essay about how the rules in that community are hindering them.
-Students create an oral presentation to go along with that slideshow .
-Students take their own photos and find pictures off of the internet showing why the rules from the community are valid.
-Students write an essay about how the rules in that community are beneficial.
-Students create an oral presentation to go along with this slideshow .
-Students create their own community with rules that they believe would make the world a better place.
Materials: Cause and Effect, Slideshow, Books, English/Language Arts, Computer Accessories, Camera/Video Accessories, Digital Cameras