Lord of the Flies Critical Paper PBLA:
CC.9-10.R.L.1Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
C.9-10.R.L.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
CC.9-10.R.L.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
CC.9-10.R.L.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
CC.9-10.R.L.6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
CC.9-10.W5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach,
Assignment: You are to write a 5-7 page paper in which you analyze each character in terms of his symbolic meaning. Remember: Lord of the Flies is an allegory that can be interpreted many different ways: political, biological, religious, social, psychological, or historical interpretations are all possible. Use your Character Journals (homework) and class discussions for reference. Be sure to provide specific quotes from the novel, parsing, and research to back up your analysis of each character’s symbolism.
Essay Assessment List:
Element: Point Value: Self: Teacher:
1.) There is evidence of a Pre-writing
graphic organizer or rough draft 5 ___ ___
2.) The essay gives a clear and specific
analysis of the symbolism of each
main character. There is a unifying
lens by which the novel is examined. 10 ___ ___
3.) The analysis of each character is backed
up by specific quotes from the novel. 35 ___ ___
These quotes are then parsed for meaning
and used to prove the writer's thesis.
4.) The quotes are documented correctly.
(Please refer to your “Quote
Documentation Handout” to be sure) 10 ___ ___
5.) The essay is in proper Expository form,
which includes a hook, thesis statement,
transitionals for logical development,
and a strong, full-bodied conclusion. 30 ___ ___
6.) Proper spelling, grammar, and neatness
demonstrate that effort has gone into
the writing of this essay. 10 ___ __
Total Points: 100 ___ ___
Additionally, we will be doing peer editing in class to help with your final draft. This will be a guided peer editing activity with a writing reflection. These activities will help you write the best essay you are capable of writing if you do the work conscientiously and with regard to time management.
Peer Editor’s Name: ____________________
Peer Editor’s Specific Comments on Writing:
Writer’s Response to Peer Editor’s Comments:
Writer’s Strategies to improve writing/grade: