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					                                       Name ____________________________




                    The Giver


         Reader’s Notes
Instructions:
   1) Take careful notes during class discussion.
   2) You will be using these notes to complete your final project and participate
      in class debates.
   3) TO EXCEED: Mark at least 2 of your own “Why. . .?” or “I wonder. . .?”
      questions in the margins of each page in this packet.
                                         Name ____________________________



                                        -1-
                                     CHOICES

In Jonas’ community, they do not choose. . .
      1) their jobs.
      2) who they marry.

Communities have rules for reasons. Think about why Jonas’ community would
want to make these decisions for people. Record the positives and negatives of
their system below.

     Positives of Assigned Jobs                 Negatives of Assigned Jobs

1. _____________________________           1. _____________________________
_______________________________            _______________________________

2. _____________________________           2. _____________________________
_______________________________            _______________________________




   Positives of Arranged Marriage              Negatives of Arranged Marriage

1. _____________________________           1. _____________________________
_______________________________            _______________________________

2. _____________________________           2. _____________________________
_______________________________            _______________________________


                                    REFLECTION
I think (circle one) assigned jobs / arranged marriage is a (circle one) good idea /
bad idea because:

Personal opinion:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

Evidence from book:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
                                         Name ____________________________




                                        -2-
                           SAMENESS V. DIVERSITY

     Jonas’ community values sameness. Our community values diversity.

Because our community values diversity, we. . .
     1) _________________________________________________________
     2) _________________________________________________________

Because Jonas’ community values sameness, they. . .
     1) _________________________________________________________
     2) _________________________________________________________
     3) _________________________________________________________


       Positives of Sameness                       Negatives of Sameness

1. _____________________________           1. _____________________________
_______________________________            _______________________________

2. _____________________________           2. _____________________________
_______________________________            _______________________________


                                  REFLECTION

I think (circle one) sameness / diversity is better because:

Personal opinion:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

Evidence from book:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
                                          Name ____________________________




                                         -3-
                                      HISTORY

1. In Jonas’ community, only the Receiver and Giver know about history. Why?
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

2. Who is “in charge” of history in our community?
________________________________________________________________




     Benefits of Knowing History                 Negatives of Knowing History

1. _____________________________            1. _____________________________
_______________________________             _______________________________

2. _____________________________            2. _____________________________
_______________________________             _______________________________



                                       REFLECTION
I think it (circle one) is / is not important to know our history because:

Personal opinion:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

Evidence from book:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
                                      Name ____________________________




                                     -4-
       SURPRISE TOPIC: ____________________________________

1. Is it ever acceptable to __________________________________________?
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

2. Is it ever acceptable to __________________________________________?
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________




Benefits of _____________________        Negatives of ___________________

1. _____________________________         1. _____________________________
_______________________________          _______________________________

2. _____________________________         2. _____________________________
_______________________________          _______________________________



                                       REFLECTION
I think it (circle one) is / is not acceptable to _____________________________
because:

Personal opinion:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

Evidence from book:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
                                          Name ____________________________




                                     Rubric
7.2.2—I can take notes during reading and class discussion
             to help me organize my thoughts.

        Exceeds                         Meets                    Incomplete

The student’s notes are        All parts of the student’s   Next Steps:
particularly thoughtful        notes are both thoughtful    Revise your notes ASAP so
and show a deep                and complete. The            that you can participate in
understanding of the           student has obviously        the Town Hall Debate.
book.                          understood the main
                               ideas of the book.           See me to make an
The student has noted at                                    appointment for help if
least 2 “I wonder. . .?” and                                you need it.
“Why. . .?” questions in the
margins of each page.

				
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