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Son by Lois Lowry Reading and Discussion: Flexible Schedule

Janelle Fila
Star Educator
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
In this 6-week course, students will read and discuss Son, the fourth and final book in The Giver quartet, by Lois Lowry

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Week 1 Section I: Chapters 1-8
Week 2 Section I: Chapters 9-16
Week 3 Section II: Chapters 1-8
Week 4 Section II: Chapters 9-16
Week 5 Section III: Chapters 1-7
Week 6 Section III: Chapters 8-13
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 on Outschool. 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. As the last book in the series, Son is even more interesting to discuss because we finally have enough details to make educated guesses about these characters and their surroundings.  
Homework Offered
Students will read between six and eight 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.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
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.
Grades Offered
The students will need their own copy of Son 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.
According to, Son concludes the quartet that began with Lois Lowry's Newbery award-winning book The Giver and continued through Gathering Blue and Messenger. All have strong positive messages about how honorable, determined youths learn to use their personal gifts either to escape or mend their dystopian societies. This story begins when Claire is assigned to be a birth mother, otherwise called a "vessel," at age 12, and she undergoes a caesarian section a couple of years later. Later in the book, several characters confront and make trades with the Trademaster, a black-cloaked, violent personification of pure evil. One character's feet are cut off. Students surveyed recommend reading this book at age 11+ but parents say 13+

Meet the teacher

Star Educator
Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
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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weekly or $59 for 6 weeks
6 weeks

Completed by 1 learner
No live video meetings
Ages 11-16

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