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1) Read the novel excerpts and the related texts together in groups or as a class

2) Clarify meaning in groups or as a class. Student/Teacher reads. Student summarizes

3) In pairs or in groups, discuss the textual content and quotations

4) In pairs or in groups, discuss the conversation questions (include your own questions)

5) As a class, take turns using the conversation questions to expand your ideas

Novels 110 ~ Lord of the Flies ~ William Golding ~

~ TLW ~ Readers Club ~ Novels for Discussion ~

Courtesy of  Sparknotes


Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law.

-William Golding, Lord of the Flies

His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.

-William Golding, Lord of the Flies


There isní»t anyone to help you. Only me. And Ií»m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didní»t you? Ií»m part of you? Close, close, close! Ií»m the reason why ití»s no go? Why things are the way they are?

-William Golding, Lord of the Flies


Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of maní»s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.

-William Golding, Lord of the Flies



Click here for Authorí»s Biography, Plot Overview, and Explanation of Quotes courtesy of Sparknotes


~ General Conversation Questions ~


Group A


1) This story takes place on an island. As an introduction, tell us about an island youí»ve been to.

2) Do you think rules and cooperation are part of our natural existence (e.g., DNA). Explain.

3) How is violence so prevalent in our cultures and societies? Is it our minor differences?

4) How do we select leaders? Do we follow our hearts or our minds? Are we always right?

5) What makes a good leader? What makes a bad one? How can we tell the difference?


Group B


1) What is the role of the conch shell? How do the children use it? Do adults do the same?

2) Power is a related theme. Has your country ever faced a power struggle. Describe.

3) There are no women in this novel. What happens to male children without female guidance?

4) Piggy is ostracized. He is misunderstood and dies violently. Who does he represent in society?

5) Talk about the notion of power and isolation. How can this relate to real world governments? 


Challenge: Make your own follow-up questions and discuss them.




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