Set-Up: By the time Monday rolls around, all of us will have read the first chapter — “The Shell on the Beach” — of Lord of the Flies. Like the boys who crash-landed on the beach/island, we readers are trying to get our footing in the sand (so to speak).
Like the boys, we are trying to figure out what it all means, what will happen next, and who everyone is. In some respects, we are actually on that same beach/island with them.
With this in mind, we readers begin to pick up on potential foreshadowing, metaphors, symbols, allusions that William Golding has woven into the first chapter to hint at what the boys will experience during their ‘stay’ in this strange new world.
Challenge: You have 2 choices for this one.
- Identify 5+ author tricks (foreshadowing, etc.) that you think might play a role in the future of the story and what happens to these boys. After you have done this, write 1+ sentence for each explaining what you think it might mean, or…
- Identify 1 author trick (foreshadowing, etc)…and write 5+ sentences about this to help all of us understand why we should highlight it in our own books.
Length: Depends on which option you selected, my island-bound friends. All decisions have consequences. (wink)