Lord of the Flies Notebook Project


Golding’s Lord of the Flies has become part of our cultural literacy.  You might hear someone say that the people were behaving very “Lord of the Flies,” and that’s because the novel peeks into the dark side of human nature. The novel illustrates how man behaves when society’s rules are absent or threatened, and the result is that sometimes man’s behavior is positive and creative and sometimes negative and destructive.


YOUR TASK: Your goal is to analyze the real world using concepts from the novel. You may think on the micro level (personal—what do you see at school? On the street? In your house? How are you behaving?), or the macro level (nation or global—what do you see in the news? What happened in history?).


You are in charge of maintaining a chapter log— for each chapter, illustrate a specific, real world observation/current event that is reminiscent of the novel’s ideas. How is it very “Lord of the Flies”?  Certainly, on some days you will have more to report than others.  Overall, however, it is your responsibility to maintain a thorough, detailed account of your Lord of the Flies observations.


Please note a few particulars:

q       This is an on going project; therefore, don’t wait until the last minute to complete. The goal of the assignment is for you to critically observe YOUR world over a long period of time, not in one night or two. 

q       Each entry must be at least one FULL side of a notebook page, organized into paragraphs and in complete sentences.

q       Give background information. Explain to what part of the novel that you are connecting.

q       Provide a logical link to the modern world as well as an opinion: was it right, wrong, could it be stopped should it be stopped?

q       Get creative.  Your inspiration will come from your reading of the book, our class discussions, and any notebook prompts or ideas.

q       There are also good aspects revealed in the novel. Look for those as well.

q       Take the time to write neatly and proofread your work.  When your journal is found one hundred years from now you don’t want strangers criticizing your spelling! Label each “chapter” so that it corresponds to LOF.

q       Please be appropriate and remember who is reading these!

q       You will be randomly asked to share back to the class the connections you made, so be prepared every day! Consider it part two of your reading…


Assessment: There are 12 chapters in this book.  You should have at least 12 entries. All entries will be graded on effort, detail, connection to the novel, neatness, and length.

A range (12/14 entries and/or longer than 1 side, detailed, neat, proofread, interesting)

B range (10-11 entries and/or a little over 1 side, mostly detailed, neat, and interesting)

C range (7-9 entries and/or entries are at least 1 side, some attempt made)

D range = (entries may be present but are sloppy, incomplete, unrelated)


Anything below 6 entries will be considered incomplete and receive an F.

Due: When we finish our unit of Lord of the Flies