The Giver, by Lois Lowry

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1 May 2016 Greetings 7th Grade Honors Students! Your school year is drawing to a close. As you have elected to take 7th Grade Honors Language Arts next year, you are required to complete a summer reading assignment. Your summer reading assignment is to read the novel The Giver, by Lois Lowry. A component of the language arts curriculum is learning to annotate pieces of literature. An annotation is simply a note you record on the pages of a book. As you are reading, jot down your thoughts, questions, and comments in the margins of your copy (or on post-it notes if you borrowed a book from the district). If you are not comfortable with annotation, feel free to take notes in a method you have successfully used in the past school year. Here is a link from the College Board (Advanced Placement) titled How and Why to Annotate a Book to offer you guidance: Annotate for plot, characterization, language, and motif. Use these questions to guide the annotation process for your reading of The Giver. Then focus your annotations for characterization on Jonas as you complete the attached chart (next page). Make sure to include both explicit and implicit textual evidence. 1. What are the significant plot events and how do they change Jonas? 2. How does the author use Jonas s speech, actions, appearance, and personality traits to develop him as a character? 3. How can you compare and contrast Jonas with The Giver in regards to the challenges they face? 4. What motifs help to develop the character? 5. How does the use of language (figurative language, imagery, and connotation) help you to understand the setting of the story and characters? 6. What overarching lesson could be learned from this novel? The novel will be used throughout the first unit and the remainder of the year. You will be expected to discuss and write about the novel. These discussions and writings will serve as your first grades in the course. Let s get off to a good start! Your greatest strength is your own thinking; be sure to give yourself enough time to do some serious thinking about this work. We hope you have an enjoyable summer vacation! Happy reading! Sincerely, 7th Grade Honors Language Arts Teachers

2 7th Grade Honors Summer Reading Assignment The Giver Annotation Charts Complete these charts as you read each chunk of The Giver. You need to complete both charts for each chunk, for a total of 6 annotation charts. Bring them with you to class on the first day of school. Include specific textual evidence in your annotations. Chunk 1: pages 1 58 Element of Character Development Appearance (Adjectives) Description (Support with text evidence) Analysis (Support your selected evidence with commentary) Actions (Verbs) What does the protagonist do? Words (Verbs) What does the protagonist say?

3 Thoughts/Feelings What does the protagonist think and feel about the events in the novel? Others Reactions What do others think and feel about the protagonist?

4 7th Grade Honors Summer Reading Assignment The Giver Annotation Charts Complete these charts as you read The Giver. Bring them with you to class on the first day of school. Include specific textual evidence in your annotations. Chunk 2: pages Element of Character Development Appearance (Adjectives) Description (Support with text evidence) Analysis (Support your selected evidence with commentary) Actions (Verbs) What does the protagonist do? Words (Verbs) What does the protagonist say?

5 Thoughts/Feelings What does the protagonist think and feel about the events in the novel? Others Reactions What do others think and feel about the protagonist?

6 7th Grade Honors Summer Reading Assignment The Giver Annotation Charts Complete these charts as you read The Giver. Bring them with you to class on the first day of school. Include specific textual evidence in your annotations. Chunk 3: Element of Character Development Appearance (Adjectives) Description (Support with text evidence) Analysis (Support your selected evidence with commentary) Actions (Verbs) What does the protagonist do? Words (Verbs) What does the protagonist say?

7 Thoughts/Feelings What does the protagonist think and feel about the events in the novel? Others Reactions What do others think and feel about the protagonist?