Lesson 7: Pain

Getting Started

In today's chapters Jonas receives painful memories from The Giver. How do you think he will respond to these memories?

Stuff You Need

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Ideas to Think About

  • How can societal changes have both positive and negative outcomes?

Things to Know

  • An adjective clause is a dependent clause that modifies a noun or a pronoun.
  • Symbolism is a device in which a writer uses an object, person, word, phrase, sentence, etc. to stand for or represent something else.


  • Describe the function and effect of common literary devices, such as symbolism and imagery. (LA)
  • Use complete simple and compound sentences. (LA)

Introducing the Lesson

Ask your child to share his thoughts about the novel. Ask him what he likes about the book and if there is anything that confuses or disturbs him. Ask him if he would recommend it to his friends and why or why not.
Reading and Questions
Materials: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Answer the questions below in complete sentences after reading Chapters 13 and 14. Then discuss your answers to #2-4 with a parent. Remember to record information about Jonas from these chapters on the "Character Timeline" pages.
  1. Why does Jonas feel that Sameness is not fair?
    Because in a world with Sameness, there are no choices.
  2. Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
    Answers will vary. Note that your child should discuss his answers to Questions 2-4 with you.
  3. The Giver tells Jonas that Jonas' instructors know nothing. What does he mean by this?
    The Giver means that the instructors know only scientific facts. Without memories, they have no historical knowledge or understanding of life since they live in the world of Sameness.
  4. Jonas receives painful memories of hunger and physical pain from The Giver, yet he still seems to want the community to share the memories he has received. Why do you think this is?
    He realizes that the painful memories are worth it if people can experience color, change, and freedom of choice in their lives. He also thinks that if everyone shares the memories, there will be less of a burden on himself and The Giver.