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All Work To Be Done In Journal (Comp Book)

Select a few of the following journaling questions to write a THOUGHTFUL response from this chapter. Remember to go for quality work here, not speed.

Lord of the Flies

Chapter 1: The Sound of the Shell

1. Notice what Ralph, Jack, Roger, Simon, and Piggy do in their first actions. What impressions do their actions have on you?

2. What is the community like so far?

3. What factors contribute to Ralph’s election?

4. Do you think Ralph will be a successful leader? Explain.

5. What factions do you see forming among the group?

Discussion Group, use each individual’s journal activity as the basis of a discussion about chapter 1.

Discussion Group, discuss 2 or 3 of these after reading chapter two. Each student will then journal about the issues the group discussed.

Lord of the Flies

Chapter 2: Fire on the Mountain

For your consideration as you journal. You are NOT required to answer these in your journal, but your group might find something worth discussing here.

1. What changes have taken place in the community in this chapter?

2. Describe the role Piggy takes in Ralph’s government and the community.

3. What do you think of Ralph’s handling of the boy who told about the snake? Why do you think Ralph acted as he did?

4. What are the goals of this society? Are they reasonable? How do they go about achieving them?

5. How is Ralph’s government working?

6. What do you think happened to the small boy with a “mark on his face”?

Groups, after reading chapter 3 and discussing these questions, every student needs to write a poem about one of the questions, or about the group conversation.

Lord of the Flies

Chapter 3: Huts on the Beach

1. What signs are there of order and organization? What signs are there of disorder and failure?

2. How have the groups’ goals changed?

3. What do you think of Simon? What is he doing at the end of the chapter?

4. How have the attitudes toward the Beast changed since Chapter 2?

5. Do you think Jack and Ralph will overcome their feeling of being separate and unable to

communicate? Explain your thinking.

Select a few of the following journaling questions to write a THOUGHTFUL response from this chapter. Remember to go for quality work here, not speed.

Lord of the Flies

Chapter 4: Painted Faces and Long Hair

For your consideration as you journal. You are NOT required to answer these in your journal, but your group might find something worth discussing here.

1. What factions now exist in the group?

2. What do you conclude about Roger from the way he teased Henry?

3. Piggy suggests making a sundial. Would a clock be useful? Explain your thinking.

4. In the crisis of the fire going out, Ralph uses language in several ways that haven’t appeared in the book earlier. What are they and what does their use signify?

5. How do you feel about the boys’ reaction to killing the pig?

6. Do you think Jack’s apology was generous (as Jack thought) or a “verbal trick” as Ralph thought? Explain your thinking.

7. What are the occurrences in this chapter that alienate Jack?

Each student should answer the question most intriguing or important, etc., to him/her, in journal.

Discuss as a group…

Lord of the Flies

Chapter 5: Beast from Water

1. What realization does Ralph have before the meeting?

2. What does Ralph remember that makes him flinch? Why does he react like that?

3. Do you think talking about fear will help or make things worse? Explain your thinking.

4. What do you think Simon is doing at night?

5. What is Simon trying to say at the meeting? How did you conclude this?

6. How does the boys’ language change when Simon speaks?

7. Piggy asks if they’re humans or animals or savages. How do you think he would define the difference?

8. What points does Jack make as he challenges Ralph’s authority? Which, in your opinion, are valid? Which are not? Explain your thinking.

9. Do you think Piggy’s insights into Jack’s character are valid? Explain.

10. Do you agree that adults stuck in the same situation as the boys would do better? Explain your thinking.

Write an extended summary of the group discussion, including observation of everyone’s participation.

Lord of the Flies

Chapter 6: Beast from Air

1. How is the appearance of a “sign from the world of grown-ups” ironic? What is the message the sign gives them?

2. Why didn’t Ralph blow the conch?

3. What kind of society and government is Jack endorsing in his challenge to Ralph?

4. What does Simon’s “vision” tell him about “the beast”?

5. What do you think about Jack’s response to the rocks?

6. What do you think happened to Ralph’s mind when his idea was obscured?

7. What do you think will happen in Chapter 7? What leads you to think as you do?

Discussion Group, use each individual’s journal activity as the basis of a discussion about chapter 6.

Lord of the Flies

Chapter 7: Shadows and Tall Trees

1. What, to you, is the importance of Ralph’s revelry about washing?

2. Why do you think Golding used the analogy, “Jack bent down to them as though he loved them” of pig droppings?

3. In your own words, summarize the interpersonal interactions that take place in between Jack’s statement “He’s gone” and “use a littlun”. What do you think of this “game”?

4. Why does Jack say, “We mustn’t let anything happen to Piggy, must we”?

5. Why is the narrator’s comment, “as though something indecent had been said,” ironic?



6. Compare and contrast the approaches of Jack, Ralph, and Roger to dealing with checking the top of the mountain for the beast and their responses to what they found atop the mountain. What is your reaction to their attitudes? How does the point of view contribute to your reaction?

Discuss questions as a group. After the discussion, journal about which character you’d like to play in a movie version of the story…explain why.


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