This is a fun, graphic, professional, and concise set of instructions for a creative activity where students will demonstrate their understanding and synthesis of a scene or event in William Golding's brilliantly controversial, dark novel The Lord of the Flies.
This synthesis activity can easily be adapted for any other literary text in an ELA class or other subject area. The grading is formative assessment, where you check for understanding and synthesis in the student's creative artwork. In this way, you are inviting students to reach the highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, moving beyond mere recall, comprehension/understanding to application, analysis, evaluation, and synthesizing/creating! You are also inviting students to develop CCSS-driven 21st Century Skills, including creativity/innovation and communication, along with the ELA anchor standards of reading and writing.
My students have really enjoyed this activity, and it can take an entire class period or into two class periods, particularly dependent on how much time you spend on the final step: the Art Gallery Walk, where students participate as if art gallery patrons, viewing and reading students' visuals + their paragraph "defense"/explication of what they have created, why, and how it is significant to the novel as a whole. It has been my experience that students appreciate sharing their artistic visions of this (or any!) novel, and you could then have the students post their artwork around your classroom to celebrate as you continue reading the rest of this shattering novel.
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