Symbolism in Lord of the Flies

Symbols play an important role in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Examine these symbols with a straightforward worksheet. Given the symbols, pupils fill out a chart by noting down characteristics of the symbols, details about each symbol from the book, and a brief analysis of what each symbol represents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use this chart as preparation for an essay on a symbol in Lord of the Flies; learners can gather details and analysis
  • Have pupils work with a partner to scaffold the assignment
  • After completing the chart, hold a whole-class discussion and fill out a class version of the chart
Classroom Considerations
  • The chart provides plenty of symbols to write about, but not a ton of space for the actual writing; let students know that they should keep their writing small and their sentences on the shorter side
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  • Includes the most famous symbols from the book (the conch shell, Piggy's glasses, etc.)
  • Invites learners to look back into the text for details and examples
  • None
Common Core