Freshmen: Close Reading and Conflict Exploration of Lord of the Flies

This week, students will continue to read and study Lord of the Flies, supporting their thinking with close reading of paired non-fiction texts.

Students will read about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the philosophies of Locke and Hobbes. Both texts are difficult, so we’ll begin with close reading strategies that support comprehension. Then, students will apply the thinking of Maslow, Locke, and Hobbes to their reading of Lord of the Flies and their own lives.

Students will also begin to think about symbols this week, focusing on a whole class study of the symbol of the conch. They will also explore another symbol of their choice through a paragraph writing activity.

As students are doing this work, they will continue their reading of Lord of the Flies (Chapters 2-4 due Thursday), make progress on their choice books (1/2 readers workshop goal for the remainder of the year), and prepare their first genre of the multigenre project (Genre 1 due Friday).

Parents, how can you help?

  • Ask your child about their multigenre question. Students received a list of possible questions and will explore these questions in their personal lives and contemporary culture.
  • Check in with your child about comprehension of Lord of the Flies. Ask them about characters, conflicts and symbols.