Lord of the Flies - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 11-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: 1950s-type era, Jungle Island

Genre: British Literature

Page Count: 60 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7-8 weeks

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An airplane, carrying a group of British boys fleeing a devastating nuclear war, is shot down and crashes, stranding the boys on a tropical island. With the pilot dead and only themselves to rule the island, the boys try to establish some form of order. Under the leadership of Ralph and the advice of a boy called Piggy, the boys set up rules for survival and rescue. Above all else, a signal fire must be maintained. This responsibility is accepted by Jack and his followers, who are also the hunters.
But something stalks the island, sowing fear and discord. The fire is allowed to die and a rescue ship misses them. Day by day the boys change. Conflicts arise. Mistakes happen. And as time passes, the children become barbaric, careless, and cruel.

Content Warning: Recommended for mature readers

Progeny Press Lord of the Flies English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: This is a one-quarter credit high school level Literature curriculum.
About the Author: Learn about William Golding.
Background Information: WWII aftermath, psychoanalysis.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth. 
Literary Techniques: In context, dictionary, characterization, setting, allusion, symbol, foreshadowing, imagery, mood, point of view, juxtaposition, irony, Messiah figure, synonym, pathetic fallacy, personification, theme, conflict.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Eden, leadership, repentance, Bible study, sin, fear, truth, certainty, restraint, worldviews, rules, mental state, violence, evil, death, moral law, justice. 
Activities and Writing Assignments: Essay choices, creative writing, art, history, map, philosophy, island novels, poem, crossword, elegy.  
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview! 

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide 

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on tired teenage high school student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for high school level student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our PDF Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Reader program. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA PDF guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Nobel Prize 1983 • #70 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200) • Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels • Time Magazine’s 100 best • #74 on The 100 Best Novels Written in English • #66 on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
1950s era, Jungle Island
British Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
72 pages
Study Guide Author:
Calvin Roso
For the Book By:
William Golding
Workbook ISBN:

    2 Reviews

  • Posted by melissa g. on 12th Dec 2015


    Always love the Biblical perspective

    Always love the Biblical perspective and thought provoking devotion type questions that help making literature with worldly perspectives readable!

  • Posted by Kelly M. on 26th Nov 2014


    Perfect. Exactly what I ordered.

    Perfect. Exactly what I ordered.