Lord of the Flies Project Ideas

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are teaching ''Lord of the Flies'', you might be in search of some projects that will really help your students bring the themes of the text to life. This lesson offers you ideas to get your students thinking critically and deeply about the text.

Why Lord of the Flies Projects?

Lord of the Flies is an unforgettable read for many students. It tells the story of an adolescent society and how many things can go wrong. The themes in Golding's text, like savagery, a desire for independence, and the nature of survival, can be captivating for adolescent readers. At the same time, the novel is by no means a simple one. If you are teaching it to your students, it is important to provide opportunities for them to understand it on a variety of levels. One way to do this is to give your students a chance to complete projects based on the text. Projects can be great because they appeal to a variety of learning modalities and strengths. Often, projects require collaboration and enhance learning because students get ideas from one another. The projects in this lesson are designed to bring Lord of the Flies to life for your students and get them thinking deeply and critically about the text.

Lord of the Flies Projects

Model of the Island

The setting of Lord of the Flies is a significant contributor to the plot and its various themes. Break your students into groups and instruct them to use clay, paints, and other art materials you have access to, to make 3-dimensional models of the island. They should use toothpicks and masking tape to make flags labeling different parts of the island where significant aspects of the plot take place. Use this project to get into a conversation about the ways setting interacts with plot in this novel.

Act Out a Scene

There are many memorable scenes in Lord of the Flies, and one way to help bring them to life is to act them out dramatically. Break your students up into groups, and allow each group to choose a scene to dramatize. It is fine if a few groups choose the same scene. They should reread their scene carefully and think through everything that would go into a dramatization. Once students have had a chance to practice, let them perform their scenes for each other. Use these performances to start a conversation about what motivates the characters in these scenes.

Letter of Justification

Many of the characters in Lord of the Flies, and perhaps Jack in particular, act in ways that might seem hard to justify. Have your students work in partnerships for this project. They should imagine that they are in Jack's position, and they have to write a letter to a judge of some sort, justifying their behavior in the novel. They should use specific evidence from the text to rationalize Jack's behavior. Let your students share their letters with one another and talk about why Jack does so much of what he does.

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