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					LOIS LOWRY
 The Importance of Human Connections
Meeting Lowry…
(Click here for a video interview)
Early literature impressions…
   From a young age, Lowry enjoyed literature and
    entertainment…
   On the next slide is the poem she memorized as a
    young girl
     *It   moves quickly, but take notice of the length:
                    THANATOPSIS
              by: William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)


 To him lost eachmeadows Nature thy side
  That make the humanof green; and, pour'd
   And, who one love trace, to holds
Shall one byin thebe gatheredsurrendering upround all,
  Old Ocean's grey and melancholy waste,--
   Thine individual being, shall follow
 Communion in their turnshalt thou go speaks
By those whowith her visible forms, shethem.
   To but the solemn decorations all
  Aremix for ever with the elements,
 A various language; for his gayer hours
  Of be a brother to of insensible rock, sun,
   To the great tomb summons comes to
So live, that when thytheman. The golden join
  The planets,sluggish clod,which of smile swain
 She has a voice of gladness, and aheaven,
   And to the all caravan which the rude
The innumerable the infinite host moves
  Are shininghis thebeauty, and she death,
    that with on of sad where of glides
 And eloquenceshare, and treads upon. The oak
ToTurns mysterious realmabodes each shall take
 Into hissend in musings,of ages. All that tread
  Through the still lapse halls of death,
   Shall darker roots abroad, mild
His chamber his the silent with aand pierce thy mould.
  The globe thine the quarry-slave at night,
   Yet not to like eternal resting-place
Thou go not,are but a handful to the tribes
 And healing sympathy, that steals away
  That slumber in dungeon; but, sustain'd and soothed
   Shalt thou his its bosom.--Take the wings
Scourged byretire alone, nor couldst thou wish
  Of morning, pierce he Barcan wilderness,
 Their sharpness, ere the is aware. When thoughts
   Couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
 Of onelast bitter ofthecome like of his couch
Like the patriarchs hour continuous a blight kings,
   With thyself in the infant world--with
  Or lose who wraps thedrapery woods
 Over thyrolls theanddown to pleasantno sound
  Where spirit, lies sad and hears the good,
   The him, and the earth--the
Aboutpowerful ofOregonimages wise,dreams.
   Fair his own dashings--yet of ages are
  Save forms, and hoary seersthe dead past,there:
 Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall,
   All millions in those solitudes, since first
  Andin one mighty sepulchre. The hills
Biographical Information
                Lois Lowry was born 1937,
                She was a child in a military family, born
                 in Territory of Hawaii. She then moved
                 with her family to Pennsylvania, Tokyo,
                 and New York.
                She originally intended to write for
                 adults, but was convinced by her editor
                 to pursue adolescent novels.
                Lowry never wanted to “teach” children,
                 she just happens to connect with young
                 adult audiences.
Inspirations for Work


Lowry has explored many human connections in her writing.
She uses personal experiences as well as historical events for
inspiration:
  •   Her own loss of a sibling in A   Summer to Die,
  •   Adolescent struggles for the Anastasia Krupnik series,
  •   Holocaust experience for Number the Stars, and
  •   Societal Discord inspired The Giver.
A Summer to Die:
   Deals with themes of loss, sibling differences, ect.
   “Roman a clef” of Lowry’s younger life.
   Captures the duality of personalities within a family
    and life vs. death
     “A  Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly
      fictionalized retelling of the early death of my
      sister, and of the effect of such a loss
       on a family.”
      Anastasia Series:
   Lowry has published many books chronicling the life &
    times of her character Anastasia Krupnik, they include:
     Anastasia Krupnik
     Anastasia Again!

     Anastasia at Your Service

     Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst

     Anastasia on Her Own

     Anastasia has the Answers

     Anastasia’s Chosen Career

     Anastasia at this Address

     Anastasia Absolutely
Holocaust Review:
    During the 1930s, two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish
     population was slaughtered which calculates to one-
     third of the world population of Jews.
     In addition, the Nazi’s genocide exterminated
     millions of:
    Gypsies,                        handicapped,
    Soviets,                        alcoholics,
    Polish citizens,                political and religious dissidents
    Catholics,                      and Jehovah Witnesses.
    homosexuals,
http://www.holocaust-history.org/
     Holocaust Review:
         There were over 1.5 million children exterminated
          during the Holocaust.

         Over 5 million Non-Jewish Victims were
          exterminated by the Nazis during the Holocaust. 3
          million of those victims were Poles and Catholics.
         Imagine the potential of those lives...

    Imagine how many might have been another Albert
    Einstein, a Sigmund Freud…
http://www.holocaust-history.org/
Poetic Perspective…
 First they came for the Jews
 and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.

 Then they came for the communists
 and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist.

 Then they came for the trade unionists
 and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.

 Then they came for me —
 and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.
                                    Rev. Martin Niemoller
Number the Stars…
   Number the Stars tells the tale of Annemarie Johansen, a
    young girl living in Denmark during World War II. The book
    opens in 1943, three years after German soldiers first arrived
    to occupy the small country.


   Number the Stars, set in a different
    culture and era, tells the same story:
     that of the role we humans play
    in the lives of our fellow beings.
Social Unrest from 1960s-1990s
   What can you, as a class, explain about the:
     Changes in values
     Household construction

     Major movements of the 1960s-1970s?
Another perspective
on Utopian Living…

      Not in Utopia -- subterranean fields,--
  Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where!
     But in the very world, which is the world
    Of all of us, -- the place where in the end
       We find our happiness, or not at all
                         William Wordsworth
The Giver…
   Themes:
    coming of age story, uniqueness,
    utopia vs. dystopia,
    unity vs. individuality
   Relevance to YA readers
    “The Giver
    (and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy: Messenger)
    take place against the background of very different cultures
    and times. Though all three are broader in scope than my
    earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern: the
    vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence,
    not only with each other, but with the world and its
    environment.”
Lowry on Lowry:
   “My books have varied in content and style. Yet it
    seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same
    general theme: the importance of human connections.”
“Challenged Books”
   The Giver is one of the most popular books on the
    “challenged list” of the American Library
    Association.
     Why   do you think this is?
Writing Tips from Lowry…

    Write about personal events, experiences that
     have shaped you
    Create your own situations, characters, etc.
    Read!
    Write letters (“old fashioned ones”)
Directions for Daily Writing
Assignment:
   Pick a personal experience or historical event to
    focus on for this writing
   Begin your narrative as if you are writing a letter to
    a friend or grandparent
   Turn in your work (no less than1 ½ pages) at the
    end of the hour.

				
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