Lord of the Flies Unit/ Mock Trial

BY Hannah Kast

Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School

Project Description
In 1995 the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School was founded, and one of the early traditions was reading the book The Lord of the Flies in 8th grade. Students would read and analyze the book; discussing Freud, human motivation, and the political and sociological analogies contained in the story. To culminate, students would hold a mock trial to decide if Jack is guilty of murder. Over the years this tradition fell by the wayside, however, during this school year we would like to bring the tradition back as an interdisciplinary unit that ties into the new 8th grade civics frameworks. In order to do so, we need to invest in new classroom copies of the book. The unit will include reading the book, daily discussions, journal work throughout, and preparing for and participating in a mock trial. Social studies standards will be addressed through conversations about the role and job of government, what makes a good government, and by “experiencing” the judicial system first hand. English standards will be addressed through analyzing challenging text, discussing literature, persuasive writing, and public speaking.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Success would include:
1) All 8th graders reading the book.
2) All 8th graders demonstrating their understanding of the book through journal work and discussions. This will include written and verbal connections to their civics curriculum, namely the ongoing discussion around the need for government, laws and order in a society.
3) All 8th graders participating in a mock trial, learning argumentative writing, public speaking skills, and living an example of the judicial branch.

Benefit to the students and the school
This would be a deep learning experience for the 8th grade, and the resurrection of an old tradition that would eventually benefit all students during their time at our school.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
School year and beyond.

 

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