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Messenger by Lois Lowry Reading and Discussion: Flexible Schedule

In this 5-week course, students will read and discuss Messenger, the third book in The Giver quartet, by Lois Lowry #academic
Janelle Fila
892 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$9 per week
Flexible schedule
Over 5 weeks
No live meetings
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Class Experience

Week 1: Chapters 1-4
Week 2: Chapters 5-8
Week 3: Chapters 9-12
Week 4: Chapters 13-16
Week 5: Chapters 17-21
I have a Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher, tutor, and and currently teach full-time. I have read The Giver series multiple times while in the classroom. It is a book that I gave my son to read as soon as I felt he was old enough to discuss the concepts. Dystopian stories can be tricky to understand, but I love the way Lowry uses a dystopian world to challenge us to think about our own world and current situations. It is a fantastic book to talk about and leads to many eye-opening discussions in the classroom.  
Students will read approximately four chapters a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also daily activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, word searches and crossword puzzles to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters. 
The students will need their own copy of Messenger to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have during out discussion time.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
According to, Messenger, the third book in Lois Lowry's Giver quartet, links together the first two books, The Giver and Gathering Blue, and leaves the reader reaching for the next. The setting here is known simply as the Village, a safe haven for damaged people and a place of kindness, compassion, and community. But the place is changing for the worse. Villagers are selling their souls for mundane things, and that is unleashing an ominous, evil force that threatens to destroy everything. The mood is turning ugly. There's much to discuss. As in ancient myths, the difference between good and evil is obvious, nature reflects the health (or sickness) of the community, and it takes a self-sacrificing hero to right things again. Matty, Kira, and Leader (Jonas) are graphically attacked by plants and trees in Forest. A major character dies. 


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
892 total reviews
769 completed classes

About Me

I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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