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The Giver Video Narration Writing; Class 5-302

May 8, 2006

the giver

Today in class we will select and edit our favorite sentences from our narration writing so far. 

Get out your writer's notebooks and the 10 sentences you wrote, we will use all of our writing to create the final script.

Below are the trends I'm seeing in your narration writing for our trailer so far:

1. Starts with a description of the world in the story: "It was a world like no other. No memories of love, war, hunger, color, or homeless.",

"This is a perfect world. No feelings. No color. No war or pain."

"Jonas' world is perfect: no war, no hunger, no feelings."
"All of these things for this world are very extraordinary."
2. A description of how people felt about their world. And an introduction to Jonas and The Giver.

"This world was perfect, but not for two people… Jonas and The Giver.",

"Some call it perfect except 2 people — Jonas and The Giver."
"Only Jonas and The Giver, special people who can see color, have feelings and can see war and pain."

the giver 23. A description of the burden of Jonas' assignment.

"Jonas turns 12 and does not know what awiats for him."

"He, Jonas, needs to make a decion to leave so that the community can have feelings, but also have some bad and sad feelings.(Memories)"

"Jonas turns 12 and receives his assignment. His (Jonas') life changed — no more childhood. He (Jonas) makes a choice to leave or not to leave his community."

"Jonas and The Giver make no pain come upon the community. Will it stay like that?"

" Jonas has to make a decision to save his community.

"Should he make the decision to give his community the memories of love, war, hunger, color or homlessness? Or should he leave things the way they are? It's a decision he must make that can ruin his life or not."

Beyond those points, I've seen people talking about:

* taking the journey with Gabriel

* the consequences of losing the Receiver

* what the decision does to him, and what it does to the community

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Class 5-302 permalink
    May 8, 2006 4:13 pm

    Narration (Rough Draft) written by class 5-302:

    Main ideas we'd like to add to our opening sentences: 

    Generations ago… Elders decided on sameness/uniformity. People lives are uniform.

    Unusual world. Different environment from today. Extraordinary. Perfect. No Color. Elders designed this world?

    Narration Introduction 

    1. Generations ago The Elders wanted sameness, and they got sameness. Everything is black and white. No color; no feelings; no love; no hunger; no war or pain. It's a perfect world.

  2. Mr. Marsano permalink
    May 9, 2006 3:03 pm

    We’re working today on tightening up our narrative. We’ve made some choices about narration, too–how it should sound, what the pace should be, and so on–and I think we’re ready to write the next section.

    One nagging question in my mind is: where do we get footage? And how much of our footage should be of the class? If, for example, we want to show people marching, does it matter if the audience sees US marching? Or will it be okay to simply show other people (strangers) marching?

  3. May 10, 2006 12:16 pm

    Mr. Marsano,
    We have to see what kind of images the students decide to include. We need to tell them up front that they need to be thinking about locations and logistics when planning the script. If they can’t figure out how or where it should be done, they should bring the issue up with you or me.

    I think footage from somewhere else could work in describing their world – to make it seem like a distant fictional place. We should look for some specific clips — like people marching — on for starters.

  4. Mr. Marsano permalink
    May 10, 2006 2:16 pm

    Hi Mr. Rhys,

    I think you are right about having the students think about those issues of logistics. The ‘big idea’ here is to get the students to think about how and what they’re going to “source” what they can’t do or get themselves.

    Also, I don’t suppose you have some sort of semi-realistic syringe as a prop? If we need to illustrate the “truth” of the “release” I don’t think we could get any clearer than showing the release via needle jab.

  5. Class 5-302H permalink
    May 10, 2006 4:13 pm

    Generations ago, The Elders wanted sameness and they got sameness.

    Everything is black and white.

    There is no pain or choices, no war or feelings, and no hunger. It’s a perfect world.

    But only Jonas & The Giver know the truth. And the truth hurts.

    It’s time to make a decision.

    This choice will either cause chaos in the community, or help them realize the truth.

    Wouldn’t you want to know the truth?

    The truth can hurt you at first, but, it can also make you realize what the world is really like.

    Will Jonas leave or not?

  6. May 12, 2006 12:33 pm

    5.12 11:15-12:10 – 5-302 class meeting

    * talk through scenes to include in production with the narration using the “show and tell” model

    * go onto laptops and search for images that may work with our opening narration to establish setting

    * we will try to establish setting with clips from other films (using, etc.) or photos from the web. we must cite all of our sources in the credits.

  7. Gary permalink
    May 19, 2006 3:43 pm

    Shot1:”Genertions ago…”

  8. Kiara permalink
    May 19, 2006 5:30 pm

    …”and they got sameness”
    Shot 3

    “chaos in the community” Shot 5

    “It’s a perfect world.”
    Shot 6

  9. Benjamin permalink
    May 22, 2006 3:57 pm

    Generation ago
    : OttoPagesFinalForm/Copy%…

    Shot 1

    : Main/Vancouver.htm

    Its time to make a choice

    Shot 10
    This choice will either cause chaos or help the community realize the truth taloyoak/sunset/

  10. April 18, 2007 11:38 pm

    The sameness is stupid

  11. July 5, 2007 3:58 am


    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!


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