Thursday, March 28, 2019

Thursday/Friday, March 28/29, 2019

Announcements and Reminders for Thursday/Friday, March 28/29, 2019:                     

Remember to read chapters 17-18 of The Giver and complete your green 2x2x2 graphic organizer before class. Students can access the text online at (Links to an external site.)  or You can also come in during Cavetime or before school and use the books in the classroom.

You should have already turned in your T-Chart and List of 25 Choices.  

If you are missing points on your Contrasting Definitions paper,
if you haven't handed it in, do it and hand it in.
if you missed some of the answers, bring your paper and see Ms. Dorsey or Mrs. Hilton to revise your answers either verbally or in writing.

If you need the materials to make up your Stations Activity, they are available on Canvas.    
Other materials are also on Canvas.   

Targets for Today:

Today’s  Agenda for Thursday/Friday, March 28/29, 2019:

Students read the poem Good Timber.docx
How does the message of the poem relate to The Giver?

2x2x2 Discussion
1. Person A shares

Ms. Hilton read chapter 19.
Students read chapter 20,  each volunteer reading about one page

Students Listed all the memories they could think of that Jonas received.
They Created a new list of "What Makes Life Meaningful"
They Compared that with the list they made as they first began reading The Giver

They Discussed the good things.
They Wrote about the "bad/hard" things.

If You Were Absent:


 Help and Enrichment 

Symbolism is an important part of many pieces of literature.  Using symbols, the author can say much more with the words used.  Here are some of the symbols used in The Giver.  Can you think of any others?

Symbols in The Giver

The Newchild
For Jonas, the newchild Gabriel is a symbol of hope and of starting over. Babies frequently figure as symbols of hope and regeneration in literature, and in The Giver this makes perfect sense: Gabriel is too young to have absorbed the customs and rules of the community, so he is still receptive to the powerful memories that Jonas transmits to him. 

The Sled
The sled, the first memory Jonas receives from the Giver, symbolizes the journey Jonas takes during his training and the discoveries he makes. It is red, a color that symbolizes the new, vital world of feelings and ideas that Jonas discovers. Before he transmits the memory, the Giver compares the difficulty he has in carrying the memories to the way a sled slows down as snow accumulates on its runners. The novelty and delight of the downhill ride are exhilarating, and Jonas enjoys the ride in the same way that he enjoys accumulating new memories. But the sled can be treacherous, too: the first memory of extreme pain that he experiences involves the sled. Pleasure and pain are inevitably related on the sled, just as they are in the memories.

The River
The river, which runs into the community and out of it to Elsewhere, symbolizes escape from the confines of the community. When little Caleb drowns in the river, it is one of the few events that the community cannot predict or control, and Jonas and the Giver are inspired to try to change the community by the idea of the river’s unpredictable behavior.

The river forms a border of the community before continuing on to Elsewhere. As a border, the river comes to symbolize escape—crossing the river means leaving the community. Because it takes the life of the four-year-old Caleb, the river also symbolizes the danger inherent in that escape.

The Lighter Eyes 
The lighter eyes, which are extremely rare, symbolize separation/differentness from the community.  When Lily points out that both Jonas and Gabriel have the lighter eyes, that bothers Jonas because he wants to be a part of the community, not different. 
The light eyes symbolize a person's ability to think and see more clearly and deeply.  The book never gives a color for the lighter eyes, but most of us would assume that they are blue.  Blue symbolizes clarity.  

The Apple 
The apple symbolizes life.  The red color symbolizes strong emotions.  The apple can be an allusion to the Biblical story of Adam and Eve choosing mortal life with both joys and sorrows.  

The Hill 
The hill, for Jonas, represents a gateway to Elsewhere. Riding a red sled down the hill is his first memory and his first awareness of the color red. It signifies his realization that outside his community there is a world not dominated by Sameness. Later, Jonas dreams of the hill and feels the need "to reach the something that waited in the distance," something "good…welcoming… [and] significant." Yet, through memories of the hill, Jonas learns the precarious relationship between joy and pain; without one, the other cannot exist. Jonas's first experience with real pain is falling off the same sled that thrilled him only days earlier.  -- 

The Birds
Birds, because they can fly, often symbolize freedom.   The birds at the end of the book can symbolize freedom for certain characters.

What about Gabriel's name in The Giver?   In the Bible, Gabriel is an angel who is the herald (announcer) of Good News.

And Jonas -- Jonah or Jonas in the Bible --