10 October 2013

Lord of the Flies Review

This marks the fourth year I have taught Lord of the Flies to sophomores, and it has been the best experience I've had by far. They have noticed insights in the text, came up with possible motivations for characters, brought in powerful examples, and have asked the most thought-provoking questions. What a joy it has been to have such deep, poignant conversations with the future of our community!

The whole purpose of Golding's novel is to explore the duality of human nature -- the dark and light in us all. Students engaged in group discussions about topics ranging from leadership versus power, fear, hope, social conditioning, mob mentality, bullying, human instinct verses civility, order, control, revenge, innocence, among many, many others.


Photo Courtesy: Le Cineclub | The Film Society

I think what impresses me the most about this group is that they were able to see past the writing style. Past years, students were so caught up in their dislike for the older, more descriptive form of writing and use of figurative language that they were unable to get the point of the text. It shows a great depth of maturity, as well as the students' desire to tackle complex, philosophical discussions.

We are about to start the literary analysis paper for this unit, and students are very passionate about their potential topics. I am very excited to see what this group comes up with. Here are a few shots of the students at work on their projects.

Photos Courtesy: Blake Tobey
Period 7 working hard

Period 5 at work
Sophomores Mark & Nick taking two approaches:
digital and pen & paper


AJ taking notes online
Period 7 works at their own pace

Period 5 tackling their assignments they way the want


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