Lord of the Flies Unit Plan

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

For a variety of reasons, 'Lord of the Flies' continues to be a staple in English classrooms around the world. This lesson provides teachers with a unit outline for teaching Lord of the Flies to students.

Lord of the Flies Unit Plan

Reading Lord of the Flies (LOTF) can be a seminal moment in any student's life. The book has struck a chord with generations of readers because of its exotic setting and keen insight into human nature. This unit outline includes ideas you can use to teach your students about William Golding's 1954 literary classic.

Unit Outline

This outline includes three primary activities that can be used throughout the reading of LOTF. These are:

  1. Small group discussions
  2. Character profiles
  3. Class debates

These activities will help to bolster your students understanding of the book and can help to increase their engagement with the material.

In general, reading assignments should be done outside of class. This will allow each student ample time to complete the reading, and will prevent slower readers from feeling self-conscious.

  • First, try to set aside a specific time of day or day of the week for group discussions and class debates. If students have a set LOTF schedule, it can make it easier for them to schedule personal reading time and properly prepare for the accompanying classroom activities.
  • Second, assign discussion and debate groups randomly, so that students are able to communicate with classmates they may not otherwise interact with.

Small Group Discussions

Small group discussions can be done either while students are in the process of reading, or after everyone has finished the book. It simply depends on how much time you want to devote to this activity. Discussions after every chapter can be helpful, particularly if your students are younger. If LOTF is an out of class summer assignment or your students are older, a couple class discussions should be sufficient.

  • Tell each student to prepare at least two discussion questions before the group meetings. Requiring students to create their own questions can encourage more active reading of the text and increase the diversity of the questions.
  • Divide students into groups of 3-5 and give them ample time to discuss everyone's questions.
  • You can also assign a secretary to take notes for each group, and then ask for a group representative to share key points or insights with the rest of the class.
  • If you plan on having more than one group discussion, mix the teams up so that students are exposed to a variety of viewpoints and ideas.

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