1. Student Activity
Before reading the story, have students create a "perfect" community, giving it a name, a system of government, a physical description, and an account of how its people spend their days. Discuss how that community would change and grow. What roles would history and memories of painful events play in the growth of the community? What would have to be added to our own society in order to make it perfect? What would be lost in this quest for perfection?
Other ideas for lessons related to this story can be found at: http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/guides/give.html.
2. Teacher Activity
Related lesson plans can also be found at http://faculty.ssu.edu/~elbond/giver.htm
3. Internet Activity
Unlike in the society where Jonas lives, you are given the opportunity to choose a lifelong profession. You can actually choose more than one if you want.
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4. Classroom and/or Home Discussion
Discuss the difference between jobs and careers. What are the benefits of having one over the other?