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Seventh Graders Participate in a Ceremony of Twelve

Seventh Graders Participate in a Ceremony of Twelve

Mrs. April dos Ramos’ seventh graders at STEM Magnet Academy have been reading The Giver. Throughout this book study, the students have been participating in interactive experiments to understand the feelings of the main character, Jonas.

To assist students with relating to the main character, Mrs. April hosted a Ceremony of 12. In The Giver, the Ceremony of Twelve is the most important ceremony in Jonas's community because it is when the adolescent children are given their permanent assignments, which are their individually selected occupations. It is the last ceremony each year and is considered a rite of passage to becoming an adult. These children have to go into training at a young age. 

Some jobs in Jonas’ community include: Department of Justice, Nurturer, Street Cleaner, Fish Hatchery Attendant, etc. There is one special assignment called the Receiver of Memory. This assignment is an honorable assignment and a special person is chosen.

Mrs. April’s students had a blast during their Ceremony of 12 and are looking forward to what’s ahead in their unit of The Giver.