Freshmen: An Introduction to Lord of the Flies

After engaging in a mock survival activity last Friday, the students in Room G17 are ready to explore Lord of the Flies, William Golding’s story of a group of school boys stranded on an island without any adults. We will take our time through Chapter 1, reading some aloud and some independently during class time. Students will review the indirect characterization lesson from the first week of school as we analyze Golding’s introduction of Ralph, Piggy, Simon, and Jack. We’ll analyze the impact of word choice on mood as Golding develops his setting, and we’ll also make connections to the study of psychology through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. We’ll end the week with an in-class writing prompt which allows students to practice “on-demand” style writing in preparation for SATs/ACTs and AIR testing. This software gives students a prompt, a time limit, and a computer generated score upon completion. These scores will not go in the gradebook at this time–it’s just practice!

Parents, how can you help?

  • This week’s reading of Lord of the Flies will be completed entirely in class while students will maintain their readers workshop goal at home. Encourage your child to ask questions in class if they find Lord of the Flies challenging. If it benefits your child, they can reread sections of Lord of the Flies in place of their choice reading this week.
  • For the second week, students will complete an article of the week assignment. This task requires students to read, annotate, and respond. Check the grade book to see if your child submitted their work on time last week. Last week’s scores will be in the gradebook by Tuesday evening. If your child did not perform well, encourage them to seek feedback prior to submitting the article this Friday.