The Giver - Chapters 1-3

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Characterization"Instantly, obediently, Jonas had dropped his bike on its side..." (pg. 2)
"Jonas was careful about language." (pg. 4)
"He listened politely, though not very attentively..." (pg. 9)
"...but the fact that his father had broken a rule at all awed him." (pg. 15)
"He didn't like it that she had mentioned his eyes." (pg. 25)
"He felt self-conscious..." (pg. 26)
"...tried to ignore his uneasy conviction that something had happened." (pg.31)


SummaryWe have read three chapters of The Giver.

Chapter 1 - The family shares their feelings.
Chapter 2 - Jonas' parents discuss the Ceremony of Twelve.
Chapter 3 - The family meets the Gabriel and Jonas remembers an important occurrence with an apple.


Predict"But suddenly Jonas had noticed, following the path of the apple through the air with his eyes, that the piece of fruit had -- well, this was the part that he couldn't adequately understand -- the apple had changed." (page 24)


InferThe text says _______________________ about Jonas's community.
Therefore, I can infer _____________________________.


Flashback"Frightened was the way he had felt a year ago when an unidentified aircraft had overflown the community twice. He had seen it both times. Squinting toward the sky, he had seen the sleek jet, almost a blur at its high speed, go past, and a second later heard the blast of sound that followed. Then one more time, a moment later, from the opposite direction, the same plane. At first, he had been only fascinated. He had never seen aircraft so close, for it was against the rules for Pilots to fly over the community."


In Your Opinion...The author has been giving hints about life in the community at various times in these first three chapters:
"it was against the rules for Pilots to fly over the community" (pg. 1)
"For a contributing citizen to be released from the community was a final decision, a terrible punishment..." (pg. 3)
"It was one of the rituals, the evening telling of feelings." (pg. 6)
"'animals.' Neither child knew what the word meant, exactly, but it was often used to describe someone uneducated or clumsy." (pg. 7)
"It was one of the few rules that was not taken very seriously and was almost always broken." (pg. 17)
"Rules were very hard to change." (pg. 17)
"when you're an Eight, your comfort object will be taken away." (pg. 23)
"comfort objects...were soft, stuffed, imaginary creatures." (pg. 23)
"it was considered rude to call attention to things that were unsettling or different about individuals" (pg. 26)
"it was the same apple. Unchanged. The same size and shape: a perfect sphere. The same nondescript shade, about the same shade as his own tunic" (pg. 30)
"the evening proceeded as all evenings did...quiet, reflective, a time for renewal and preparation for the day to come." (pg. 32)
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