Lois Lowry Talks About Developing Characters
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: Author Lois Lowry discusses the process of developing characters in her novels.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DLiterature-205**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video as inspiration for a conversation starter, journal prompt, or think/pair share activity with students as you read “The Giver.”
  • This is one of many segments we have on the website with Lois Lowry talking about different aspects of “The Giver.” Create a jigsaw activity with different groups of students watching different videos and then sharing their learning with each other as you discuss different aspects of the book and of the writing process.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.