Unit 4

The Giver by Lois Lowry


Grade 7


Unit Length and Description:


Nine Weeks


Through the study of dystopian literature and related informational texts, students will explore how belief systems are established and called into question. They will learn how their choices and actions affect others. They will consider the value of community when individuals suffer and the value of perfection if it means giving up pain, emotions, and human connections. They will come to understand how their lives are shaped by their perceptions and the importance of knowledge and memory for living a complete life.


This unit will focus on craft and structure and integration of knowledge and ideas. Writing will be predominately argumentative.




Reading Literature (Review appropriate absent standards)

RL.7.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 68 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


Reading Informational Texts (Review appropriate absent standards)

RI.7.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 68 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


Writing (Review appropriate absent standards)

W.7.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.


W.7.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


Speaking and Listening (Review appropriate absent standards)

SL.7.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts, audiences, and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


Language (Review appropriate absent standards)

L.7.6: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


Enduring Understandings:


        The genre of a story or novel affects many elements, such as setting, mood, tone, and style.


        Memories help individuals and societies understand their identities and culture.


        Individuality and diversity in a society create a unique environment in which its inhabitants can grow and learn about themselves.


        It is possible to create societies that contain both freedom and security.


        Language can have many purposes, including persuasion, which can affect the thoughts and feelings of an individual.


        Meaningful experiences and relationships that allow people to grow as individuals make life truly worth living.


Essential Questions:


        How can a genre such as science fiction or fantasy affect a story or novel?


        What is the importance of memories to an individual and to a society?


        Why is individuality and diversity in a society important?


        When are freedom, individuality, and choice worth giving up in exchange for safety, security, and comfort?


        How can language be used to affect people's thoughts and feelings?


        What makes life truly worth living?