As I said in my previous post, I have read The Giver by Lois Lowry before for pleasure, but have never taught the novel. I have also never seen 6th graders read the novel before. At least in public schools, it’s 8th grade that usually reads The Giver. I have just begun re-reading the giver and making notes and highlighting. If anyone has any great sites or information to steer me towards that would be incredibly helpful.
I am also looking for good biblical scripture to make connections with the novel. I don’t have to, but I think it would make for good discussion as we discuss a Utopian society that has no religion or beliefs in love.
I was very fortunate to meet up with the teacher whose position I am taking next year. I will be the only Language Arts teacher for the 6th grade at this Private Christian School, which is both exciting and nerve-racking. I was hoping to use the same novels that I have taught in the past at this school, but was informed I won’t be able to this school year. Parents have already been given the list of the novels they need to purchase for this upcoming school year. The novels I will be teaching are:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
I have read the Giver before, for pleasure, but have never taught it. I have not read the other novels. I’m familiar with A Christmas Carol like most children through cartoons and Christmas specials, but haven’t read the actual book. I have never heard of The Hiding Place, and I do know many kids who enjoyed reading The Westing Game, but just haven’t done it myself yet.
I am extremely fortunate that the previous teacher is leaving all of her files for me to use next year. They’re organized and placed in the order they are used in the school year. This really is great. She did tell me that there is much more that she hoped to do, but that there really just isn’t time for it. I’m very big on doing projects, and she said they never really did those either. That makes me a little nervous, because those are the types of assessments I love. Of course I can change things up as I please with the kids. It’s too difficult to strictly follow what someone lays out for you. The school is still cleaning the classroom, so I am unable to really sit down and go through the filing cabinet and start planning out my year for myself. I am hoping to do this within the next couple weeks as my planning days begin in 3 1/2 weeks.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions or places to check out for the above novels.