This product contains a variety of activities for the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The items included in this product are listed in detail below.
-Anticipation Guide Handout: Students are supposed to respond to these 10 statements individually before engaging in a class discussion.
-Lost at Sea Activity: (PDF) Students are provided with a scenario of being lost at sea and being forced to rank 15 items in terms of their importance for their survival. Clear instructions are provided in this PDF and the key to calculate the outcome of the students’ rankings. Note: I did not create this activity, but I did find it online and thought it would be great for this novel.
-Lost at Sea Activity Pictures: (PowerPoint) I created a corresponding PowerPoint to go along with the Lost at Sea Activity containing a picture of each of the 15 items the students are supposed to rank in importance, since some of the items the students did not recognize (e.g. sextant).
-For every chapter, EXCEPT FOR CH. 4 & CH. 12, there is a PowerPoint with my own personally created discussion/comprehension/analysis questions that are to be completed while students are reading the novel. These are text-based questions (not just simple comprehension questions, unless I felt the passage was especially difficult and wanted to ensure students were accurately following the plot). I have corresponding graphic organizers I have created that are tailored to each chapter for students to fill out. Therefore, there are 10 PowerPoints and 10 graphic organizers.
*I have included answer keys for each graphic organizer, even though some answers will vary.
*Some chapters (especially Ch. 1) contain pictures for certain vocabulary (e.g. lagoon) that students need to know in order to read the novel.
*I have included the page numbers for the questions based on my copy of the novel. Most likely these will not match yours. However, you can easily change these to your version of the novel, as the questions/pictures go in order.
-Character Analysis Handout & List of Characters: At the beginning of the novel, I randomly have students draw a character’s name. I have included a Microsoft Word document with a list of the 6 main characters’ names in 3 columns (total of 18), so you would just need to cut out the names. Students are then given the Character Analysis Handout to complete while they are reading the novel. (Some will continue working on the handout for all 12 chapters; others will complete the handout early if their assigned character dies.) This handout is a graphic organizer that contains a blank line at the top for students to write their character’s name, and space for them to fill out quotes and/or details about the following: physical description, speech, thoughts and feelings, actions, opinions/reactions (of other characters). I made the same copy on both sides of the paper, so students who needed more room to fill in the sections would have it.
-Stanford Prison Experiment: You can complete this mini-lesson any time after you have discussed Simon’s inability to articulate “mankind’s essential illness” in chapter 5. This packet focuses on the essential question: Are humans naturally evil? It contains a detailed hook with two videos via PowerPoint, two articles summarizing the Stanford Prison Experiment, and 6 multiple choice questions (about the articles) with an answer key. Precise instructions for the hook are found at the beginning of the PowerPoint.
-Mob Mentality: I completed this mini-lesson with my students after we read about Simon’s death. This packet contains a video hook, 3 articles, and 6 multiple choice questions (about the articles) with an answer key. As a hook, I showed an ESPN clip of footage from the Egyptian soccer riot students will read about in the last article of this packet. I have included this hook as a 1 page PowerPoint slide with the link to the ESPN clip (1 minute) and 2 images from the soccer riot. The first article is about flash mobs, the second is a scientific approach to the psychology of mob mentality, and the third article is a summary of the Egyptian soccer riot. This was a great way to explain why even the twins, Piggy, and Ralph participated in the murder of Simon.
*Note: I created these packets from scratch. I found the (separate articles), created the hooks, and created the questions.
-Ch. 1-2 Venn Diagram: This is a handout to be used while comparing and contrasting clips from the movie Cast Away with the first two chapters of Lord of the Flies. THIS IS JUST THE VENN DIAGRAM. You will need to provide the clips (via YouTube or the DVD). I focused on two main scenes: Tom Hanks arriving on the island (plane crashing and his exploration of the island) and when he makes fire (and his successive celebration). I have provided an answer key based on these two scenes.
-Ch. 4 Writing Assignment: This is a close read of a paragraph to be done in small groups. I created a graphic organizer for each group to complete with the task broken down into 3 smaller parts with an answer key. In addition, I have provided the paragraph on a separate sheet of paper for you to easily print out.
-Ch. 5 Meeting Spot: This handout provides detailed instructions for students to complete a drawing of the meeting spot. Refer to the handout for Ch. 5’s PowerPoint questions for an answer key. This is intended to be a colored illustration, so they will add details (ocean, beach, forest, etc.) exceeding the basic diagram on their Ch. 5 handout.
-Ch. 8 Group Analysis: This is a critical analysis (literal and figurative) of the title of the novel. I created a graphic organizer for each group to complete with the task broken down into 4 smaller parts with an answer key. The pages provided in the directions will, most likely, not align with your book, so please adjust to fit your version. Note: I intentionally did not provide a single paragraph for the students for this assignment because the information came from (at least) two different sections of the chapter. I was also hoping they would be able to practice finding their own quotes from a larger excerpt.
-Map of Island: This is a rubric for students to use when drawing the island, using text-based details. The rubric includes 9 geographic features listed in the novel to help students accurately depict the island.
-Analyze Song: For this assignment, students will analyze a song and how it relates to the novel. This handout contains the lyrics to the song and the writing prompt with clear instructions. In addition, I provided an answer key explaining how four different quotes from the song relate to the novel. *I have played the song as a hook before students completed this assignment, but the song contains profanity, so you need to make sure you play the edited version. Of course, I omitted the profanity from the written lyrics.
-Ch. 1-4 Quiz: This quiz is based on Common Core questions, so it focuses more on analysis of the text rather than objective questions. The quiz contains the following: matching, short answer, multiple choice, and 1 extended response (2 paragraph) question for a total of 21 questions. Answer key is included.
-Creative Projects: This is a handout containing a description of 6 different creative projects students choose from after having read the entire novel. The projects range from creative writing assignments to writing poems/raps to drawing a comic strip to creating a video summarizing a chapter.
-Essay Prompts: This a handout containing 4 different, detailed writing prompts.