Teacher Guide

Lord of the Flies Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

How to employ a Socratic method when teaching this book (or how to engage students in discussion of this book)

Students should be able to discuss the social dynamics witnessed among the boys on the island, relating to their own experiences with peers in the school setting. The discussion can be opened to how students might envision themselves behaving, if they found themselves in Ralph’s position, for example.

Class discussions of Lord of the Flies can also include their perceptions of human nature. Is there a “beast” within humans that favors violence and brute savagery? Or are civilized behavior and order also instinctive to man? Would Golding have structured a different type of novel...

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