Students can connect and relate to the trials and tribulations the boys in Lord of the Flies during this PPT activity. Students are asked to create a government and complete tasks in the classroom and outside. As the teacher, you facilitate but don't speak. It is imperative to write down as many observations you make during the period as you can. Students will begin to work together (and fall apart) during this activity, and it is only effective if you are able to come back to it the following day to see the connections. This PowerPoint Presentation contains 23 slides. Each slide contains a new task that you can alter or adapt for your classroom. I do NOT speak during the entire period... the students must act alone without grownups.
I give actual points to all students for participating in this activity.
I change the slides and rules every year, depending on that particular group. Other than what is described in the description portion, all you need to know is that you should NOT speak to your students- they should work completely together without your help. In addition, the point of writing down as many observations as possible is because as your wrap-up activity, you will read them how they acted, what they said, what their strengths were, and where they could have improved. This usually ends up being entertaining while being educational. Students have said some really ironic things, such as "these rules can't be real!" or, "if there's not grownups in this room, does that mean we can curse?"
After you read your observations to the class, either at the end of the period or the next day, depending on time, you have them brainstorm how their situation mirrors what has been happening in the books. Try to have them make actual comparisons, such as the time when I had my students "hunting" for food in the classroom ( I had hid a box of cookies somewhere) but a few of them didn't help. When the cookies were found, the leader and some other students didn't want the "non-helpers" to get any food. I reminded them of this situation and we talked about Piggy's lack of involvement in physical tasks, and why all the boys should/should not partake in eating of the meat when the pig is killed. Use the tasks and adapt them to feasibility with your group and space.