Lord of the Flies Activities

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

If you're using 'Lord of the Flies' in your class, then you're probably looking for some solid learning activities to go with it. Look no further! This lesson will give you several activities to get your class thinking.


One of the most powerful classroom teaching methods is role-playing, and Lord of the Flies presents many opportunities to do that. Assign the major roles in the novel to students. Be sure to include: Ralph, Jack, Piggy, Simon, and Roger, but you can include as many of the minor characters as you need to ensure that all of your students are involved. To assess student understanding of the major themes, have them improvise, in character, situations from the novel. When your students are comfortable, give them new situations. For instance, have them role-play the boat trip back to England. You could also role-play the homecoming with their parents after they arrive. These improvisational scenes push students to understand characters and ideas from the novel in a more meaningful way, and the scenes can be used as a launching point for productive class discussions.

Literature on Trial

Simon and Piggy are both killed on the island. Put one or more of the boys on trial for their murders. Assign roles for their defense and for the prosecuting attorneys. Other students can act as witnesses, the jury, or the judge. Require that students playing the characters from the book quote actual dialog in their testimony, and ask the lawyers to cite passages from the text in their arguments. This will not only get students to understand the book better, but they'll also practice the skill of citing evidence from the text. As a final assessment, have students write, in essay form, the closing arguments for either the defense or prosecution, then turn the trial over to the jury for a verdict.

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