Lord of the Flies Unit Plan - Aside from a MS PowerPoint presentation, this unit is primarily made up of worksheets with detailed directions on each assignment. There are anticipation/pre-reading questions, an introduction PowerPoint, reading questions, quizzes, various worksheets, activities/projects, and a final test with study guide. Below is a description of all the assignments/activities included.
Lord of the Flies Unit Plan
The two main themes I've focused on with this novel are:
- our inner beast/capacity for evil
- the necessity of community for survival
1. Quotes Tea Party LOTF.doc
a. A pre-reading activity that involves students reading quotes from the book to one another to generate possible predictions about the plot. A list of useable quotes and a student worksheet included.
2. LOTF Intro.ppt
a. Begin with a PowerPoint presentation on the Lord of the Flies. The presentation includes an overview of William Golding, his ideas for the novel, his characters, and focus questions for the unit. (Students should complete the "Are We Evil.doc" assignment beforehand so that they can participate when you get to the focus questions slide.)
3. Are We Evil.doc
a. Anticipatory Questions/Focus questions to be answered before beginning the novel -- use this as a starting discussion.
4. Pre-reading Poster folder
a. To help build community for this unit, have them create a poster together by creating drawings for two separate assignments.
i. Students read a LOTF-related poem (included with detailed directions), analyze its meaning, and create a visual representation
1. Student example included
ii. Students create visual representations of themselves with a few interesting facts written around the images (more detailed directions included).
1. Student example included
b. Drawings from each of these assignments should be pasted onto a larger poster (photo example provided).
5. Symbols LOTF.doc
a. A graphic organizer for students to collect quotes about the various symbols and to track their changes through the novel.
6. Innocent Beginnings.doc
a. A chart for students to see the beginnings of the boys’ transformation – students list out signs that the boys still want order and are following societal norms, and also signs that they’re starting to forgo them as well.
7. Ch 4 Masks.doc
a. Students examine the significance of the face paint on Jack – help students understand how it allows him to hide the shame and fear of spilling blood. Then allow students to create their own masks, to further help them understand how Jack is painting on his “new” personality.
8. Study Guide Questions folder
a. Reading questions for all 12 chapters -- I assigned these in conjunction with the nightly reading assignments. I'd also spend part of the next class period briefly going over the answers as a means of reviewing the reading.
a. 3 quizzes are included -- for chapter 1, 3-4, and 9. Answer keys included.
10. Metaphor Activities folder (graphic organizers)
a. Jack Metaphor LOTF.doc
i. A graphic organizer comparing Jack to fire to help students understand Jack's transformation over the course of several chapters.
1. Student examples included
b. Me Metaphor LOTF.doc
i. A similar graphic organizer to the Jack one -- except students are asked to compare themselves to an element, and to again use the terms they come up with to describe themselves (in more formal writing).
11. Jack and Ralph Venn Diagrams.doc
a. Students are asked to compare themselves to Jack and Ralph using Venn Diagrams.
i. This assignment should help students see that they, too, may have a good and bad side to them -- and that perhaps Golding's belief that we all have an inner beast may not be far from the truth.
12. Civilized vs Uncivilized.doc
a. Have students generate examples from the novel of civilized and uncivilized behavior to help them track what's happened to the boys over time (graphic organizer included). The focus of this assignment should be on what the cause for the change is. I like to have students work on this independently, and then as a class, we share out answers and compile a list on the board. Afterward, again, as a class, we talk about the reasoning behind all the chaos.
13. A Cookie Island.doc (student worksheet included)
a. Another metaphor activity to help students see more concretely what has happened to the boys on the island. Using actual chocolate chip cookies, students make the connection between the activity to what has occurred on the island.
14. Recipe for a Community.doc
a. Students continue to show their understanding of the various components or "ingredients" of a healthy community in this fun activity. Instructions and example recipe included for students to model after.
15. LOTF Task Rotation.doc
a. This is an assignment to help students show their understanding of "the beast". It has 4 parts -- simple factual short answer questions, formal structured writing, interpersonal connection writing, and a poetry element. This is a good assignment for students who may struggle with certain types of learning/writing but may shine in other types -- helping you discern what they actually know.
i. Student examples are included.
ii. For the formal structured writing, with my 8th graders, I generally just have them paraphrase their examples from the novel -- but when I did this with sophomores, they had to integrate in select quotes from the novel about the beast as supporting evidence for their claims.
16. Character Poster.doc (major assessment)
a. This is a structured assignment to help students analyze each character while still giving them an opportunity to stay creative. Again depending on your class size, this can be done in groups or individually.
i. A sample rubric is provided -- adjust as you will.
ii. Student examples are provided.
17. LOTF Study Guide + LOTF Final Test + Additional Qs LOTF Test
a. A short answer final test on the novel -- the study guide I've provided essentially tells students everything they should know to do well on the test. I generally like to review the study guide with students (through discussion) before giving them the test.
There are also additional questions
b. NEWLY added -- a slightly modified version of the final test
c. Answer keys included
d. My review notes that I completed with my students this year are also included (they're straight from the board, so apologies for the messy handwriting :) ).