What would life be like in a society where everything stays the same and the people experience no pain? A special boy named Jonas is selected to receive insight from a wise elder in the community and realizes there is another way to live that does involve pain but also joy and real life. How will he convince his community of the terrible mistakes they are making and help them to understand the beauty that life holds? Does he have the courage to make a difference and take a risk that could lead to terrible consequences? In this unit children explore characterization, imagery, and symbolism. They practice descriptive writing and for a final project create a memory storyboard of events in their own life.