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A Conversation with Lois Lowry

from Educate.Today

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In this first of a series of four HEC-TV Live! programs focusing on Lois Lowry’s Newberry Medal winning young adult novel, “The Giver,” students will have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the author herself. Join students from the St. Louis metropolitan area as they ask the author questions about her background and writing style as well as questions about the plot, characters, setting, themes and language of the novel itself. Discussion of “The Giver” will form the core of the program. We recommend students joining us for the program either have already read the novel or be in the process of doing so. Elements of the story including important moments of the plot as well as themes and concepts will be revealed during the program. If you don’t want students to know the entire story before reading it for themselves, you may choose to watch the archive of the program which will be available on our website,

This series of programs is being produced in conjunction with Washington University in St. Louis and Metro Theater Company of St. Louis as they prepare and present a stage adaptation of the novel to be presented at Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in January.
Other programs in the series include:
November 16—Issues and Themes of “The Giver”
December 9—Performing the Play: Bringing Characters to Life
January 5—Producing the Play: Bringing the Story to the Stage
These programs will also be available for enrollment through CILC.

Special Note: This October 7 program is available via videoconference and webcast nationwide as a “View Only” opportunity. Students viewing via videoconference or webcast will be able to e-mail questions to the author during the program but will not interact face to face. All other programs in the series will be available as BOTH interactive and view only.

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About This Program


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There is NO CHARGE for this program.


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10

Minimum participants:

There is no minimum number required for participation.

Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we recommend no more than two classes combined.

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

View only connections will be limited for this program, so please let us know of your need to cancel as soon as you know.

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St Louis, MO
United States

Student and educator focused and standards-based, our interactive programs, videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying that curriculum in the real world. We offer on-demand interactive programs whose content and time frame are designed to best meet your students’ learning needs.

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Program Details


1. Welcome and Introduction—Student groups and experts will be introduced and welcomed to the program.

2. Conversation with Lois Lowry—Students will view a conversation between Lois Lowry and students. Topics will include her background, influences, and writing style with special emphasis on her novel “The Giver.” The discussion will explore the plot, setting, character, themes, and language of the novel.

3. Summary and Closing—We’ll summarize the major concepts learned today and seek final questions from students.


1. The participant will explore the elements of plot, theme, character and language in the novel, “The Giver.”

2. The participant will interact with Lois Lowry, author of “The Giver,” to learn more about her background and writing style as well as the inspiration for, writing process of, and elements of the novel.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Featured National Standards:
English/Language Arts

Standards Developed by International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English
2. Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic) of human experience.
3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, and graphics).
8. Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, and video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
11. Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
12. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

State Standards

Featured State Standards (Missouri):
Schools from across the country are invited to join in the program. Missouri state standards are provided for Missouri schools since partial funding for this program comes from various Missouri organizations.

Communication Arts Grade Level Expectations
1H: Apply post-reading skills to comprehend and interpret text
• question to clarify
• reflect
• analyze
• draw conclusions
• summarize
• paraphrase

1I Compare, contrast, analyze and evaluate connections between
• information and relationships in various fiction and non-fiction works
• text ideas and own experiences
• text ideas and the world by analyzing the relationship between literature and its historical period and culture

2C Use details from text to analyze character, plot, setting, point of view and development of theme