In this 3-4 week unit plan for Lord of the Flies, Golding's captivating writing style along with the fast-paced plot and richly dynamic characters will captivate even your most reluctant readers. The novel is apocalyptic and savage - a howling microcosm of human society and the evils that tear it apart from within. It's most definitely a novel that today's teens need to experience.
Whether students are learning vocabulary words, close reading textual excerpts for literary significance, making text to text or text-world connections through various paired texts, role playing different scenarios, designing 3D maps of the island, or discovering and being rescued from their own beasts within, this unit is jam-packed with resources to bring this classic novel in a modern classroom and make it relevant to teens today - in hopes they will be able to consider and recognize the monsters within and without. It’s classroom-tested and proven to give teachers what they need and students what they want.
This unit plan is designed to take your students through Lord of the Flies in a way that the novel comes alive. Students study and dig into the text with the carefully crafted questions on the active reading guides, and you will be confident that key standards are being addressed. From the modern connections
provided such as a Tweet for Me summarizing exercise to the informational text readings that bring in the psychological and historically significant side of the novel, students will recognize the importance of this text as critical in their world. Several classic poetry pairings drive your students toward thinking about the novel's poignant themes in the characters' lives as well as their own. Various other interactive, hands-on, and creative activities will provide you with many ways to engage your students and have them take ownership of their own learning
in this three to four week unit plan. All the basics are here, too: reading quizzes, grammar worksheets, journal prompts, vocabulary, final exam, and final project prompts. You can use it all or just use some. This unit in its entirety touches every CCSS writing standard, many literature and info text standards, digital media standards for speaking and listening, and several language standards. Each resource is matched with its standards throughout the pack.
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Pre-reading Online or Text-Based Survival Quiz and Craft, PPT presentation
Teacher notes and summaries for every chapter
Vocabulary list, sentences, and quiz for every chapter
Active reading graphic organizers with text-based questions for every chapter with answers
Pop reading quizzes with answers
Figurative language worksheets for every chapter with answers
Grammar workouts with answers
Close reading with paired ELA skill for every chapter with answers
Role playing prompts
Five paired info text lessons paired explicitly with certain chapters (Children at War, Mob Mentality, Bullying, Psychology, Seminal Documents of Conduct)
Four paired poetry lessons paired explicitly with certain chapters ("We didn't start the fire," "In a dark time," "I remember, I remember," "We wear the mask")
Beautiful classroom posters with original island photography
Interactive Plot Review Game
Final Exam, Multiple Choice
2 Short Research Projects and Presentation
Essay Topics Menu Board for each mode
Short Prompts for Each Chapter
Other Bonus activities
Great looking design
Interested in more of my literature units? Take a look at these:
American Literature Full Curriculum
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Rose for Emily
To Build a Fire
The Canterbury Tales
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