Informational texts and short fiction to accompany William Golding's Lord of the Flies
Written in 1954, Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of boys stranded on a Pacific island following a plane crash. The boys gather together and form a governance structure and attempt to provide for themselves and the group through divided responsibilities. However, the initial organization and plan quickly unravels as the boys fight among themselves, become paranoid about their circumstances, and fail to provide for the greater good. Although a dark and disturbing novel, Lord of the Flies is often considered one of the best novels of the 20th century. The novel explores themes such as groupthink, bullying, conflict, dominance, and coming of age.
Additional Reading Practice
- Hooliganism: The Dark Side of Soccer (Grades 6-8)
- We Have to Prevent School Bullying (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.2)
- The Shock Machine (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- Voices of the Few (Grade 7; CCSS.RI.7.3; CCSS.W.7.1)
- Peer Pressure: Pro and Con (Grade 8; CCSS.RI.8.3; CCSS.W.8.1)
- How Many People Does It Take to Stop Bullying? (Grade 9; CCSS.RI.9-10.6; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- The Rise of the New Groupthink (Grade 9; CCSS.RI.9-10.3; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- Multiday Short Fiction: The Most Dangerous Game (Grade 9; CCSS.RL.9-10.3; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- School Shootings Illustrate the Need for Empathy (Grade 10; CCSS.RI.9-10.6; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- When Deviants Do Good (Grade 12; CCSS.RI.11-12.3; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Group Decision-Making: What is the best way for a group to make a decision?
- Conflict and Dominance: How do conflict and the struggle for dominance affect the human spirt?
- Bullying: How does bullying affect everyone involved: the victim, the bully, and the bystander?