This free homeschool unit study on The Giver by Lois Lowery is perfect for your literature lovers! It includes free printables and other resources.

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If you haven’t heard about or read this great piece of literature, The Giver, you are in for a treat.  Some children are into fiction, some are into sci-fi, but the latest trend seems to be the dystopian society novels.  Fiction works that take the idea of a utopian or ideal society and turn it upside down a bit by adding oppressive government, environmental collapse, or rampant disease.  Though at first glance the society portrayed in this novel seems surreal and almost perfect, a closer look reveals the absence of emotions, memories and family ties.

Amazon reviews this work with the following words:

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newberry Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.  -This is the first in a trilogy of books by Lois Lowry-

Though some more conservative parents may be concerned regarding this author you can read, in full detail, a Christian review of the book here to decide if this is a good fit for your family.  It is recommended for an older audience, late junior high to early high school.  There is also a helpful review of the movie here.

Now to dive into the dystopian society in The Giver by Lois Lowery, you can use the following free links to help you with your unit study:

It is always a great idea to begin any literary unit with a vocabulary list, this one is chock full of fantastic vocabulary enhancers as well as pronunciations.

What unit study would be complete without a complete character analysis?  Find a lengthy one here.

Here are some fantastic essay questions that can either be used as writing prompts or discussion questions.

To liven things up and keep it interesting here are some fun and free puzzle printables. (You’ll need to scroll down to the “Puzzles” section to find it)

If you are a die hard crossword junkie, this one will be right up your alley.

When you need even further creativity try these creative classroom activities that can easily be adapted to your homeschool.

Have a child who loves a good scavenger hunt?  How about a web quest to locate pertinent information from the book?

Learn a bit more about Lois Lowry in her own words here.

There is further information about the author as well as another info roundup from Scholastic here.

Lastly,  if your child really enjoyed the dystopian society idea, why not let them create their own? It might be a fun project!

Some great discussions can be borne from studying this work, The Giver by Lois Lowery, and as a parent, you may truly enjoy the read as well.  Try out the unit study links and leave some comments with your thoughts on this fantastic free roundup.


Dawn the “Incidental Farmgirl”  is a former career woman who turned in the heels for some muck boots and farm life with her growing family Mom to 5 blessings and expecting her 6th she homeschools them all while homesteading in Ohio. Dawn loves to write and has been twice published in National magazines.  When not chasing chickens and feeding pigs she blogs at Incidental Farmgirl about natural living, homeopathy, livestock, gardening and the country life. You can find her on Pinterest and Facebook as well as her blog.