Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for The Giving Tree

Use The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to strengthen your students comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work.

Beloved for generations, the parable of The Giving Tree gives young readers ample opportunity to think deeply about the author's broader reasons for writing this story. The simplicity of the characters and events also makes this text a good fit for supporting lessons on retelling and summarizing, and making inferences.

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Title: The Giving Tree
Author: Shel Silverstein
Genre: Fantasy
Themes: Bullying, Friendship
ISBN: 9780061965104
Publisher's Summary:
"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. This moving parable for all ages offers a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation.
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