Wednesday, February 26, 2014 

#4 Chapter 19 is an extremely emotional chapter for the reader and for the main character Jonas. His reaction to the release of the newborn is given personification as an animal clawing itself out of Jonas in a cry. It is an upsetting chapter for anyone to read. What was your reaction when you read this part and found out what "release" actually is in the community?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


#3 Watch this short clip from the 1998 movie Pleasantville and look for similarities between the movie clip and Jonas's reaction when he finds out about colors. In a short response explain the comparison that you find between the clip and how Jonas feels about the community not having color.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


#2 The community in The Giver is strictly governed by rules. At one point, Jonas receives a set of rules that he is to follow for his training as the Receiver of Memory. Many of you have stated that some of the rules in the community are ridiculous and unnecessary. Think of the rules that you have to follow at home, in school, and in your community. In this blog post I want you to tell everyone which rules you feel are important and which ones are unnecessary and explain your choices?  Then I would like you to respond to another student's post and tell them why you disagree with one of their rule choices (whether it is a rule they feel is important or one that is unnecessary).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

#1 The Giver is supposedly set in a perfect society or utopia. The word utopia was the name of an imaginary island inhabited by an ideal society in a story written by Sir Thomas More in 1516. More created the word from the Greek ou-(no) and topos-(place); utopia literally means "no place." Is it possible to create a utopia? If it is possible, what would be three of the requirements? If it is not possible, explain why.