Lesson Plan

Characterization in Lord of the Flies

Readers of  Lord of the Flies hunt down direct and indirect examples of how William Golding brings his characters to life. After instructors guide learners through the process of collecting evidence of these two types of characterization for Simon, groups work independently using the same process to gather examples for Ralph, Jack, and Piggy, and then share their findings with the whole class.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into three groups and assign each group a different character to research (Ralph, Jack, or Piggy)
  • Next, assign each group member a different portion of the novel from which to collect examples of direct and indirect characterization
  • Finally, have researchers share their findings with their group
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of three lessons in a unit using Lord of the Flies as an anchor text
  • Requires copies, one per pupil, of two worksheets
  • The lesson is designed to be used after readers have finished the novel
  • Includes teacher versions of the two worksheets
  • An assessment is also included
  • None
Common Core