The GiverResearch Project
Lois Lowry dedicates The Giver “For all the children to whom we entrust the future.” In a past interview, when asked why she chose to address the uncomfortable issues of euthanasia, controlled population, dictatorship and totalitarianism control, genetic engineering and laboratory births, restricted individuality, disconnected families, and the truths behind decisions made in history, Lowry replied, “I think fiction, in order to say anything, has to startle and upset you at some point. To be a book that affects you, it has to make you think.” You are a child to whom the future is entrusted.
Essential Question: Which topic in Lois Lowry’s Utopian (Dystopian) Novel The Giver has MOST “startled or upset you at some point” or has REALLY made you QUESTION THE TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES of this concept in our own society and the possible impact this concept may have your generation’s future and the future of your descendents? Goal of Research:
First, select at least 3 real life social, economic, scientific, or technological issues related to one of the novel's prominent themes that startle, upset, or make you think about current or future real life implications.
Highlight the three topics that most interest you.
Write these 3 topics on your Honor Code sheet and have your parents sign the Honor Code for homework tonight. The signed Honor Code is due Wednesday.
After I approve of all topic selections, you will receive a confirmation of your topic.
By utilizing the Research Process and RELIABLE INTERNET SOURCES, EXPLORE how this concept
has the power to improve conditions in our world AND
how it may have the capacity to cause harm or negative consequences.
Draw your own conclusions after exploring the facts associated with the topic.
Connect what you learn to important ideas and themes within The Giver.
Create a multimedia presentation to showcase your research and to use a presentation tool.
Note: These are BROAD topics. You must ask an Overarching Essential Question to narrow research, and within that question, you must fully explore at least 3 connected areas.
Fully examine important background details, causes/effects, real life examples, pros, cons, dangers, benefits, etc. of this concept.
Use the Research Grid for planning all aspects of your research, including your Overarching Essential Question.