LOTF Essay Writing Reminders

This week (2/1), we will be working on drafting and composing our Lord of the Flies essays. Check back here all week for the schedule and reminders.

NOTE: The 50 quotations we reviewed last week is linked in the previous post below.

MONDAY, 2/1

  • During Class – Review the 5 parts of the classical arrangement model for literary analysis (same model we used for MAAN – Click here and here for those handouts). Complete the outline for your essay (last page of packet); begin typing essay if time available
  • Tonight – Submit your thesis statement online by clicking here. Finish your outline. Type at least one page of your essay, any part.

TUESDAY, 2/2

  • During Class – Write and/or revise the narration portion of your essay by following the Sway tutorial and steps outlined here. When you finish, get started on the confirmation portion of your essay. Remember to review how to properly integrate quotes using the context—quote—significance method we reviewed both for the midterm and for the MAAN essay.
  • Tonight – Write at least one more page, beginning with the confirmation. NOTE: Do not worry about the introduction at this point. If you have one already, great. If not, you can go back and write the introduction later. By tomorrow, at minimum, you should have the thesis statement, narration, and first few pages of the confirmation (at least two pages, if not more).

WEDNESDAY, 2/3

  • Tonight – Write another page. You should be at least halfway through the confirmation portion of your essay and as such, you shoudl have already discussed at least 2 or even 3 of your examples from the text. Be sure that you embed or integrate your quotes smoothly into the essay using the context-quotation-significance (“quote sandwich”) method. Here is a link to a Prezi I created that goes over the format. 

THURSDAY, 2/4

FRIDAY, 2/5

Be sure to review all tutorials here and listed above from this past week before you print your final copy of your rough draft.


MONDAY, 2/8

Review this Revision Sway. Take your time and  make notes on your rough draft.

FINAL COPY due on turnitin.com by Monday, 2/15, 11:59 p.m.

LOTF Socratic Circles

Our Socratic seminar circles will give us the opportunity to share our ideas about Lord of the Flies as well as practice effective discussion techniques. The goal of the Socratic seminar is discussion not debate. As such, although you should come to your group with ideas to share, you don’t need to know everything about your topic beforehand. Again, this isn’t a presentation, but an exploration. The goal is to be learn more about your topic and the text by talking with others.

Each group will discuss for a minimum of 10 minutes (if your conversation can go longer, awesome!). The following list of positive discussion techniques will be observed for each participant in the circle:

  • Speaks in the discussion
  • Makes eye contact with other speakers while talking
  • Refers to the text
  • Asks a new question
  • Asks a follow-question
  • Responds to another speaker
  • Paraphrases and then adds to another speaker’s ideas
  • Encourages others to speak

In contrast, try to avoid interrupting others, engaging in side conversation, or dominating the discussion.

Those in the outer circle will need to listen carefully and take notes on the group’s discussion, especially when important points or ideas are made.

At the end of class, each student will turn in a reflection, which will be given a grade.

(PERIOD 3: As a reminder, here were your topics:

  • DRIVER: What is the role of the conch shell?
  • PASSENGER: What is the meaning of the beasts?
  • BEHIND THE DRIVER: What do Jack and Ralph’s conflicts reveal?
  • BEHIND THE PASSENGER: How and why do the boys lose their innocence?)

LOTF: One Word Assignment

Each student will be assigned a chapter from Lord of the Flies (see your assigned chapter below). For this assignment you are to choose a word that has a strong connection to the chapter you have been assigned. Your word should not only describe the characters but also relate to the chapter in both tone and mood. You’ll share your word in class using an 8.5×11 inch sheet of paper that will be projected using the document camera. On the paper, include the following:

  • Chapter # and title
  • Your word
  • Denotation and Connotation (5 pts) – Denotation is a dictionary definition; connotation is other ideas or images associated with the word.
  • Description of how this word relates to your chapter (10 pts)
  • At least two quotes from the chapter that support your choice (10 pts)
  • At least two images that relate to the chapter and to your word (5 pts) – think beyond literal images, but also metaphorical or symbolic ones, too.

Here is an example from Act 4 Scene 1 of Much Ado about Nothing.

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Click to enlarge.


DURING CLASS TODAY

Review your assigned chapter. In your English notebook, begin brainstorming words that describe your chapter. The word does NOT need to be in the chapter. Look for quotes that will help to support your choice of word.


DUE DATE

Thursday, 1/7, at the beginning of class. Be prepared to present to the class and explain your choices.


CHAPTER ASSIGNMENTS 

Note that each student must complete his/her own assignment. You will not be working in teams, but individually.

Chapter Period 3 Period 5 Period 6
Chapter 1
  • Connor
  • Kaitlyn C.
  • Ryan
  • Jenny
  • Julian
  • Praket
  • Amelia
Chapter 2
  • Daniel S.
  • Hannah
  • Emily
  • Clare M.
  • Joe
  • Emme
Chapter 3
  •  Suma
  •  Will
  • Shray
  • Gabi
  • Julia H.
  • Jack M.
Chapter 4
  •  Caroline
  •  Michal
  • Henry
  • Sarah B.
  • Katherine G.
  • Jake
Chapter 5
  •  Anna
  •  Owen
  • Sarah C.
  • Nia
  • Jordan Z.
  • Max
Chapter 6
  •  Ashley
  •  Alex
  • Ally
  • Laura
  • Leila
  • Jack C.
Chapter 7
  •  Jordan Roe
  •  Ella
  • Hyunjoon
  • Brandon
  • Miles
  • Julia K.
Chapter 8
  •  Jojo
  •  Claire C.
  • Becky
  • Brendan
  • David
  • Jordan Ros
Chapter 9
  •  Kaitlin A.
  •  Jacob
  • Maddie
  • CC
  • Yubin
  • Alysa
Chapter 10
  •  Minju
  •  Juneseo
  • Cameron
  • Grace
  • Claire Mac
  • Caitlin W.
Chapter 11
  •  Kayla
  •  Daniel B.
  • Sam
  • Kemp
  • Blair
Chapter 12
  •  Abby
  •  Paul
  • Katherine C.
  • Taimur
  • James

Lord of the Flies: How to Read (and Why)

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Based on this image, what do you think the novel is about?


This week we begin our reading and study of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies. As you can see, the novel isn’t too long in terms of number of pages, but it is dense and rich in its ideas. Read it with curiousity, interest, and a critical eye.

How will we read the book? 

We will read the book in its entirety before discussing it as a class. This “whole novel” approach will allow you to experience the book as it was meant to be read—as a whole work of art. You will have at least four days of in-class time to read before break. During this time, your only homework will be to read (and revise your Much Ado essay as needed). Please finish reading the entire book and be ready for class discussion by Monday, January 4.

On that day, you will be given a brief reading check about the plot and characters to ensure that you’ve read carefully (Click here for an optional study guide that you may want to use to make sure you’ve covered all the key points). You may, if you choose, also put your independent reading on “hold” for now as we focus on getting Lord of the Flies finished.

What should I be doing as I read? 

Because the novel is so rich, there are many different layers to investigate. First and foremost, you should pay attention to moments in the text that stand out to you. Use that “reader’s voice” in your head. Pay attention to moments that make you go “huh!” or “huh?” Use sticky notes to keep track of these reactions.

How will you know which reactions or moments to note on your stickies? What’s that you say? Did you say Notice and Note Signposts? Why, yes! As we have already seen, the Signposts can be very helpful in pointing us to significant moments in the text.

How many signposts stickies to I need?

Ideally you should write sticky notes whenever you feel something significant has happened. However, leaving the number of sticky notes up to students can sometimes lead some students to have too many sticky notes while others have too few.

Until you get more practiced at understanding how the signpost sticky notes work best for you, one rule of thumb you can follow is to simply take at least one sticky note per chapter (12-15 total). If you find that one chapter was really especially exciting and want to take 2, 3, or (gasp!) even 4 sticky notes, feel free. And although every chapter is important, there might be some chapters where nothing feels quite worthy of a sticky note to you. The key is to make sure that you have enough notes at the end to be able to use for discussion and writing.

It’s not just quantity but also quality. Model your note-taking after the sticky note example we did in class together for the opening of the book. (That sticky note doesn’t count toward your total.)

What am I going to do with all these sticky notes?

First, you’ll need the sticky notes for general class discussion. When we return from break, we’ll use the first few days of class reviewing what you found interesting in the novel and then choosing topics to review together each day. Every student will have to share some of their “sticky thoughts” with the class.

Second, we will also be conducting a few Socratic Seminars / fishbowl discussions in which every student must participate. Having these notes will be a lifesaver during discussions (especially if you are more on the introverted side—and if you are, I feel your pain because I was like that in school, too).

Finally, as you did with Much Ado About Nothing, you’ll develop your own essay question and write another 5-part essay to answer that essay question. As you read, pay attention to the characters, conflicts, and other moments that capture your attention, confuse or excite you. Nine times out of ten, students write better when they 1) know their subject well, and 2) find their subject interesting. Find what interests you in Lord of the Flies.

Do you have any other tips?

Yes! All six of the Notice and Note signposts appear in the novel. Below are LOTF-related questions related to the signposts. (TIP:  Click here to see a photo of these questions that you can save to your phone for easy reference).

  • Again and Again: Pay attention to types of arguments that the boys have over and over again: what issues seem to be at stake? Also note any objects or ideas that are repeated and seem symbolic.
  • Contrasts and Contradictions: In what ways do the boys’ words contradict their actions? In what ways do the boys change? How do their actions contrast with earlier events?
  • Memory Moments: Pay attention to the moments that the Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and some of the littluns think back to the home. What are their memories about, what do they reveal, and what could they represent?
  • Tough Questions: What issues do the boys face on the island? What affects their decisions?
  • A-Ha Moments: Several boys experience realizations about themselves, each other, and their life on the island which help them survive (or not). At the same time, there are pivotal moments when no such realizations occur; take note of these moments, too.
  • Words of the Wiser: Although the boys are just children, at least a few characters demonstrate some wisdom in their suggestions about what they should do on the island or their insights into their situation. Take note of who these characters are, what their advice or “wise” knowledge is, and most importantly, how it’s received by the rest of the group.

Finally, one last word of caution. Lord of the Flies is a classic novel (and with good reason). As such, like many other classic works of literature, much as been written about the novel online. Resist the urge to “spark note” the novel, especially as a replacement for reading the actual text. When you rely on someone else’s summary and analysis of the novel in place of reading the novel on your own, you do not grow as a reader and you cheat yourself of an opportunity to experience the novel in any authentic, meaningful way. And if your reading isn’t authentic or meaningful, then it becomes a waste of time. Don’t waste your time; it’s too valuable. You’re too valuable.

If you have any questions as you read, feel free to ask them by commenting on this post, especially since we will not discussing the novel until we are finished reading the entire book. Happy reading!


TL;DR

  • Read every day. 30 pages/day is a good pace. Finish reading by 1/4.
  • Take 12-15 sticky notes as you read. (These will actually be checked!) Use signposts.
  • Reading check will be given on 1/4. Optional study guide available to help you.
  • We’re having Socratic Seminars/fishbowl discussions; be prepared.
  • We’re writing an essay on LOTF. Think about possible essay questions as you read.