Lord of the Flies


In William Golding’s classic novel about the border between savagery and civilization, between humans and animals, between good and evil, we find ourselves just as often as not trying desperately to figure out how we would act if we found ourselves on a lonely tropical island. As we study the novel be sure to check here for summaries of class discussions, lecture notes, worksheets, and supplemental materials that are just plain cool.

If you’re interested, here is a link to a very interesting article about the author, William Golding. In his memoirs, left for his wife after his death, Golding writes that he once tried to rape a 15-year-old girl. Many scholars and teachers have said that this may have been part of what inspired him to explore the savage nature of humanity. Others say it will forever tarnish his legacy.¬†Interesting stuff, either way.

Chapter 2 Worksheet

Chapter 3 Worksheet

Chapter 4 Worksheet

Chapter 5 Worksheet

Chapter 7 Discussion Questions

Chapter 8 Worksheet creation directions – As we prepare for our Lord of the Flies week, you’ll be responsible for creating your own study guide work sheets. Here are the instructions that I wrote on the board.

Here’s the Pre-Trial work for Chapter 9, discussing whether or not any of the boys should be held responsible for Simon’s death.

In case you missed class, here’s the work we did dealing with symbolism and chapter 12.

This is the entry slip for our final seminar on the novel.

Here is the prompt for the final essay on Lord of the Flies.

Here’s a super cool video montage derived from the 1963 film.

Finally, if you can stomach it, here’s the scene with Simon, just after he has left the meadow and his meeting with the Lord of the Flies.