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Defining Moments: Charting Character Evolution in Lord of the Flies

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Defining Moments: Charting Character Evolution in Lord of the Flies

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Abel, M.A.ed

Marlton, New Jersey


National Council of Teachers of English


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  • Class set of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies
  • One computer for every four students

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Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.


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  1. Before this lesson, students should have finished reading William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
  2. Reserve the computer lab or library computers for one class session (students will need these computers for session three of the five sessions in this lesson)
  3. Create a list of student groups (four students in a group). Heterogeneous grouping is recommended.
  4. Divide list in half: one set of groups will investigate Ralph, while the other half will investigate Jack.
  5. Make class copies of Dynamic vs. Static Characters printout, or have the handout ready to project onto screen for students to take notes.
  6. Make class copies of Character Evolution Project Directions, Character Evolution Organizer, Character Evolution Chart Grading Rubric, Character Evolution Reflection Directions, and the Character Evolution Reflection Grading Rubric.

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