7th Grade Explores Food Memories with Lois Lowry’s The Giver


An assigned text in 7th grade is Lois Lowry’s The Giver. In the novel, Lois Lowry creates a society where the past was deliberately forgotten, which would allow the residents to live in peaceful ignorance. This past week Mrs. Darnell’s 7th grade ELA students explored the themes and characters in chapter 17 and 18, focusing on the character Rosemary.  Rosemary is considered a failure in the society.  The Giver chose her to be the Receiver ten years prior, but when she received the memories of loneliness, fear, injustice and sadness, she asked for “release”.  When she was “released” her memories were released upon the community, sending them into a state of shock.  Their shock led them to ban the memory of Rosemary.  Rosemary, although not stated in the novel,  is also a very potent medicinal herb, known for it’s ability to enhance memory. The students, in celebration of both the character Rosemary and the herb as well as the theme of memory, made a simple Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  While the cookies were baking, the students were asked to write down their favorite food memory.  In the tradition of Foxfire, the students were then asked to complete a family interview over their spring break. (Rabun County is the home to the popular Foxfire book series which captures southern Appalachian culture by having Rabun County High School students interview elders in the community). The students will be selecting an elder in their family and will be interviewing them about their memories of food and gardening.  The students will compile the answers and turn in a summary after break.


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