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.

Role-Playing

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.

Body Biography

A body biography is a graphic organizer in the shape of a person. Use large sheets of paper and have students trace the outline of a classmate. This outline represents one of the characters in the book. Divide the characters so that each group of 3-4 students is responsible for one. Groups can add text, pictures, even cut outs from magazines to the outlines to fully explain the characters. Every part of the body can be symbolic, so students might write on Ralph's hands that they are open because he tries to be inclusive. Students can also include objects, such as the conch shell, to indicate Ralph's leadership. Invite the groups to explain their body biographies to the class. A high tech option would be to use software to create infographics to represent each character.

Creative Writing

You can use a variety of creative activities to get students writing and thinking critically about the novel. Select from the following, or assign your students to groups and give each group a different topic.

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