Spend one class period brainstorming the events and influences surrounding the boy assigned to your team. Answer questions such as -
(1) What happened on the island which impacted your subject's life there?
(2) Who on the island affected the well-being and development of your subject?
(3) Where on the island did these events occur?
(4) What pieces of evidence might you be able to collect (recreate) as proof of your
(5) What was the personality development of your boy? How did this
affect his treatment / behavior on the island?
(6) What hypothesis could your team "prove" using evidence and analysis both from
the book and from your creative understanding of the events on the island?
Possible assign roles to the members in your group:
- Crime Scene Investigator
As you read the book, record significant events which shed light on your character's development on the island. Individually consult related materials (including recommended websites) and prepare an informative, attractive, persuasive presentation for the Investigative Committee.
- CSI Investigator: Collect between five and ten pieces of significant evidence indicating your boy’s contribution to the island adventure. These could include journal entries, interviews, footprint casts, weapons, tools, blood evidence, scans, x-rays, etc. Though pictures of larger items can work, it is better to bring in objects or parts of objects as forensic "proof." Each item should have a written description with reasons for why the evidence proves or disproves the initial hypothesis.
Example: This empty soda can contains trace evidence of a Cola beverage mixed with the DNA of Archie Cox. This indicates that contrary to Archie's testimony, he has consumed cola beverages at least once in the past.
Websites: Evidence Collection
- Psychologist: Using research materials in the following links, analyze the personality and mental state of your assigned island boy. Using cues from the book, describe the boy's behavior on the island and how it altered or affected others. Create an historical profile for you boy that may or may not have been mentioned in the book which might help explain your subject's behavior.
Suggestions: Try taking the personality test and personality disorder tests yourself. Then try it as the assigned character. Does the result reflect what you know of your subject?
Look at Maslow's Hierarchy to analyze how your subject's behavior reflected his own needs as well as those of the groupl
Websites: Kiersey Temperament Website
- Topographer: You must research the island and the location of significant events on the island, then create a map which reflects these events. Events included should be those occasions which involved the actions or treatment of your subject. Some events are significant to all boys on the island including yours. Other events may be more significant to just your boy.
The map may three-dimensional or flat as in a screen projection or poster. It should be large enough for the entire "committee" to see during your presentation.
Websites: Google Earth
- Historian: It is your responsibility to finalize the team’s time-line. This time-line should concentrate on the events in the book which are most significant to your subject. Some events will be significant to all boys on the island. Some are important primarily to your subject.
The timeline should be easily visible to the "committee" during your presentation. A power point is one recommended method. Historians may also use a scrolling poster, or other compelling presentation.
If you produce a Power Point timeline, is should be on Microsoft Power Point software or our school computers will be unable to accomodate it.
Websites: Lord of the Flies Game (A reward for job well done)
- Lexicographer: A study of words helps the reader understand the author's intent as he draws a character within dramatic environs. As the team lexicographer, you will select ten words from the book that help readers understand your subject better, words that William Golding used to describe your boy or the events surrounding him. Try to choose words that are not generally familiar, words that will challenge the committee to increase their understanding of your subject. Define the word, locate it in the text, and explain its significance to your subject.
Example: BASTION - Stronghold or fortification
Page 29 - "There, where the island petered out in water, was another island: a rock, almost detached, standing like a fort, facing them across the green, with one bold, pink bastion."
Ralph claims this area as belonging to all of the boys during their first exploration of the island. This is one of his first moments of leadership.
These words should be distributed to committee members as a hand out to be viewed while reviewing why the team reveiws why they consider the words important to your hypothesis.
Once your group members have finished researching and investigating, you will be ready to present your findings to the committee. This should take the form of a presentation with the following:
(1) A time line will be presented to the committee. It may take the form of a computer program, a power point presentation, an overhead transparency, a poster, or any other easily viewable presentation. It should be somewhat specifice to the boy being studied.
(2) Each item of "evidence" collected by the CSI investigator should have a short paragraph of description and explanation attached to it. These will be presented to the committee with explanations of each item's significance to the boy being studied. Items should be real whenever possible, or recreations that approximate what the actual item would be.
(3) A map indicating the events occuring on the island will be presented and explained to the committee. It should be large enough and detailed enough to make this presentation effective. and should concentrate on the boy being studied.
(4) A summary of the boy's personality should be presented to the committee. It should explain the boy's character traits both before he was stranded on the island and after with an explanation of how the boy's personality changed due to the island circumstances or how that alteration impacted the subsequent events on the island. This may include a dramatic recreation of a significant even on the island either in VIDEO or Puppet show or dramatic in-class presentation. All members may participat ein this.
(5) A hand out with the definitions of ten significant words used in the book should be distributed, to be followed by an explanation for where each word is located in the book, how it is used in context, and its significance to the subject being studied.