Lord of the Flies Writing Tasks for the Entire Novel


Lord of the Flies Writing Prompts and Tasks for the entire novel. This Differentiated Writing Tasks download is a teaching unit in itself, and includes eight different differentiated, CCSS aligned writing prompts for William Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies.” Each writing task also includes a graphic organizer for students to use as they read to help prepare them for the writing tasks.

The writing prompts in this bundle cover the content in the entire novel and span the different types of writing: explanatory, literary analysis, and narrative.

Task 1: Pre-Reading Narrative Prompt

This writing prompt engages students in the novel and prepares them to think about the difficulties associated with leadership.

Task 2: Chapters 1-2 – Character Identification and Analysis

Students use textual evidence to analyze, compare, and contrast Piggy and Ralph. This helps students understand the characters and their motivations on a higher level.

Task 3: Chapters 3-4 – Characterism

Students use textual evidence to analyze and explore how Jack’s character develops and advances.

Task 4: Chapters 5-6 – Analyzing Fear

Students use textual evidence to examine and evaluate fear. This writing task helps students begin to understand the theme of the novel, and it prepares them for the second half of the novel.

Task 5: Chapters 7-8 – Comparing Civility to Savagery

Students use textual evidence to trace the boys’ descent from civility into savagery. This writing task helps students see how the boys lose connection with their old life.

Task 6: Chapter 9 – Foreshadowing

Students use textual evidence to show how Golding foreshadowed Simon’s death throughout the chapter. This writing task helps students understand and identify examples of foreshadowing.

Task 7: Chapters 10-11 – Theme

Students use textual evidence to identify and analyze the theme of the novel. This writing task takes a look at many of the major events to see the message Golding emphasizes in the text.

Task 8: Chapter 12 – Irony

Students use textual evidence to identify the various elements of irony included in the boy’s rescue. This writing task helps tie together the theme of the novel.

Aside from the one narrative prompt, each writing prompt includes two different levels of differentiation. The first level guides students and prompts them to write a fully developed paragraph, and the second level includes more scaffolding, including sentence starters, to really help struggling and ESL students. Each writing prompt also includes one graphic organizer to help gather quotes and evidence.

Implementing this writing bundle into my own classroom (ESL as well as honors), I’ve seen a tremendous improvement in my students’ writing. Their thoughts are clear and thorough, their reasoning and explanation is more sophisticated, and their style has greatly improved.

This resource is also included in my Lord of the Flies Teaching Unit

More resources for Lord of the Flies:

Lord of the Flies/William Golding Common Core Bell Ringers

Lord of the Flies Character Analysis Graphic Organizers

Lord of the Flies: Reading Questions, Vocabulary, Literary Analysis Bookmarks

Lord of the Flies Final Argument Essay

SMARTePlans Lord of the Flies Digital Interactive Notebook

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