Reading, Annotating, Researching & Writing
In class this week (and Monday):
- Continue reading and annotating Lord of the Flies--Chapters 1-7. You do not have to crazy annotating, but you should be able to provide me with quick visual that show you are highlighting new vocabulary and passages that validate important themes and/or incorporate good writing techniques. (3 Points)
- Monday's class will begin with a fifteen-minute Socratic discussion on the themes in Chapters 1-7. You would be wise to research some of these themes over the weekend. (2 Points)
- After the discussion, you will then be given thirty minutes to write a 250-300 word Literary Analysis paragraph--which includes two supporting quotes and one outside source quote to back up and validate your theme. (3 points)
A Bit of Lord of the Flies Research…
To teach a book like Lord of the Flies is never an easy thing to do. Obviously, I want you to “like” reading the book. From the perspective of “technique,” this book is incredibly well written, and an entire semester could be spent just analyzing the rhetorical techniques Golding uses to tell his story; however, that only brushes the surface of how and why and what Golding attempts to achieve. The book is amazing in how it incorporates “secondary meaning” into the unfolding of the plot.
So below, is some “research” I did to help myself find the deeper meaning in the “themes” and “allusions” Golding weaves into Lord of the Flies. Notice, too, that I cited my sources as footnotes. Good writers borrow and great writers steal—but good and dutiful researchers “always” cite their sources and give credit where credit is due.
Read the Research doc thoroughly. I think it will be help you more fully appreciate the opportunity you have right now—not to simply read, but to explore, reflect and engage Lord of the Flies in a deep and enduring way.