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Lord of the Flies Lesson Plan: An Internet Activity

By Trent Lorcher

Tired of the same old routine? Sick of answering the same old questions? Tired of teaching facts about William Golding to uninterested drones? I've got the solution.

William Golding Homepage

The William Golding home page was established by William Golding Ltd., a company founded by Golding himself to ensure that the William Golding from Wikimedia Commons proceeds of his writing went to the proper individuals. Because William Golding Ltd. still owns the rights to most of Golding's publications, it is the most credible source for information on Golding and his works. Although the site includes thorough summaries of his books, It does not include any literary analysis.

For more in-depth analysis, try e-notes, spark notes, or any other notes online. You'll find, for example, that the book explored the savage inner self versus the civilized face one presents outwardly, or the loss of innocense, or perhaps you can have your students explore biblical parallels.

Website Research Questions

The lesson plan is so simple. Copy and paste the following questions. Hand them out. Assign it as homework or go to the computer lab at your school. Surf the Internet and pretend you know everything.

  1. Record the following biographical information about Golding: birthdate, birthplace, and when he died. (1911; Cornwall, UK; 1993)
  2. How many children did he have? (2)
  3. What was the original name of Lord of the Flies? (Strangers From Within)
  4. What was the highest honor accorded to William Golding and when did he receive it? (Nobel Prize, 1983)
  5. List five literary works other than Lord of the Flies that Golding authored? (click here for the answers)
  6. Summarize the five literary works you listed.
  7. Golding prided himself on being a life-long learner. Who most encouraged this attribute? (his father)
  8. Do a Google search. Find five William Golding quotations and copy them. For each quotation write a 2-3 sentence analysis/explanation. Don't just summarize the quote. Tell me what it means to you.
  9. Find a Lord of the Flies lesson plan online. Copy and paste it. Print it out.

This activity can be done at any point in the novel. It usually takes about a class period.