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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Lord of the Flies
Nobelprize.org features a video game for readers of Lord of the Flies. The game is a bit simplistic, but provides students with a fun way to test their understanding of the characters, themes, and symbols. There is also some biographical information about author William Golding.
Before we even crack the cover of the book, I like to give my students a survival quiz. They generally feel pretty confident they could survive away from civilization, until they take a quiz--it's a real eye-opener!
Discovery Channel has an interactive survival quiz that also provides lots of useful information in case you ever find yourself on a deserted island. (Sounds good right about now, doesn't it?)
Update: By complete coincidence, today my PBS:Nova RSS feed featured "Lord of the Ants," a series of videos hosted by naturalist O.E. Wilson. Ready for some cross-curricular fun? Assign one of the videos in order to compare the ants' behavior to that of the boys on the island. And, of course, there is an interactive game at this site as well!
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