The Ceremony of Twelve

Our humanities classes have been reading The Giver and analyzing this dystopian society as we would the other cultures and societies we study in social studies.  Aspects of a society or culture we analyze include HOW labor is divided, how tasks or careers are assigned, and which tasks/careers are held in high or low esteem. 

In the novel, The Giver, students are assigned their careers at the age of twelve in a ceremony (rite of passage) they call The Ceremony of Twelve.  We held our own Ceremony of Twelve where the students got to experience being assigned a career.  They then wrote about the experience, describing the advantages and disadvantages of having others choose their careers for them.  They were also asked to consider their own interests and describe a career they might wish to pursue.  The kids and I had a lot of fun with this.  Check out the photos below: