The Giver: Circle Poems

Creating poetry can be a beautiful way to explore the imagery and themes of literature. Using The Giver by Lois Lowry, kids take turns listing words that they associate with the novel, culminating in a circle poem that addresses the details and lasting images of the book.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have small groups do the activity and come up with their own poems to share with the class
  • Use the poem format with any piece of literature, or as a getting-to-know-you activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Both instructions for the activity and assessment instructions are vague; augment the lesson with your own assessment if needed
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Pros
  • Creative and interesting for kids who might not enjoy writing essays
Cons
  • None