Set-Up: Did you get that sneaky suspicion that this week’s in-class essay challenge — the group paragraph — covering chapters 5 & 6 in Lord of the Flies felt strangely familiar?
Sure, on one hand each of you had practiced this experience a week ago in a 2-day test run. Hopefully this made it easier for each of you to sort out a) the how to organize group dynamics and b) how to translate many creative ideas into a single, well-worded, focused argument within a very short period of time.
But did you also get the sneaky feeling that the class experience itself was meant to mirror something on a much deeper level?
Hint: Maybe you’ll find the answer inside the text. Perhaps Simon will tell you.
- Read all 12 of the mini group student paragraphs found below.
- Pick the 7 paragraphs that you believe are the most effective.
- Identify 1 specific strength from each of the 7 paragraphs you selected.
- Optional: explain why each strength is particularly effective to the overall paragraph the group wrote.
Length: as appropriate
Ch 5: “Beast from Water” & Ch 6: “Beast from Air” small group mini-essay paragraph writing challenge (in lieu of the typical in-class essay). Note: all links can be found on the class wiki in the Lord of the Flies section:
- Title 1: “A State of Disarray”
- Title 2: “The De-evolution from Civilization to Savagery”
- Title 3: “The Menace Within”
- Title 4: “Descent into Darkness”
- Title 5: “Metamorphosis into a Tribal Civilization”
- Title 6: “Animals Can’t Make Fire”
- Title 7: “The Beast Within”
- Title 8: “Loss of the Supernatural Authority”
- Title 9: “Evolution of the Conch”
- Title 10: “The Call to the Wild”
- Title 11: “Devolution of the Conch”
- Title 12: “Unknown Danger”