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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

September 15, 2014

The Giver: Reviews and Lessons for Catholic Teens

The Giver, a film currently in theatres, has several applicable lessons for Catholic teens. Based on the book by Lois Lowry, the setting is a dystopian society of the future where all of society's bad memories have been erased for a sterile world where language is monitored, roles are assigned, and the disabled--both young and old--are euthanized. Check out several reviews of the movie from Catholic sources:

You may wish to offer viewing the movie as an extra credit assignment in addition to having the students write their own reviews.

An additional lesson to consider from The Giver: Like the movie, the Church also has an official "Receiver of Memories" in her Magisterium. However, point out the key difference: while the Receiver of Memories in The Giver was to keep the memories of the past secret, the Pope and bishops, as successors of the Apostles who were commissioned by Christ himself, are charged with authentically sharing the sacred memories of the past while applying them to the world today with all.

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