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Lord of the Flies Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for William Golding's classic novel, Lord of the Flies. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers guidance through the novel's primary themes, including reason, emotion, and morality. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In Lord of the Flies, how did the boys happen to come to the island? These school boys have been ejected from a flaming airplane. It appears no adults have survived the crash.
- What do the boys have that is the symbol of authority in the society they form in Lord of the Flies? The conch shell is the symbol of authority. It shows who is boss and who has the right to speak.
- What does the reader learn about Jack when he slashed the green candle buds? Jack's method of dealing with the world seems to be violent.
- Why does Jack hesitate when he lifts his knife to kill the piglet, and what does he promise will happen next time he meets a pig? Jack's hesitation shows that he must learn to put aside his inhibitions, whether they are learned or natural. He promises that "next time there would be no mercy."
- Who are the hunters in Lord of the Flies, and what is their job? The choir boys have become hunters. Their job is to get food.
- What does a little 'un think he has seen in the forest? In Lord of the Flies He thinks he has seen a "snake-thing" which he later calls a "beastie."
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