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This 80-page lesson plan for Lord of the Flies was written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
This lesson plan proceeds through each chapter, giving students important vocabulary items to study, as well as reading comprehension and discussion questions. The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
Written in 1954, less than a decade after World War II ravaged Europe, Lord of the Flies is a chilling and brilliant novel that has captured the imaginations of generations of readers. Set on a remote island in the Pacific as war rages in the outside world, the novel describes a group of British schoolboys marooned after the plane ferrying them to safer shores is shot down. The boys find themselves alone with no adult presence, free from societal rules and structures. At first they attempt to emulate the ordered and civilized society they have come from, only to splinter into two rival factions and descend into savagery. Golding masterfully presents an allegorical tale that centers on an age-old question: Are humans ultimately good and predisposed to civil society and order, or are we in our hearts evil and given to chaos and savagery?