Common Sense Review
Updated March 2014

Lord of the Flies Game

Review of novel's themes and characters doesn't grab interest
Common Sense Rating 2
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 3
  • Explore the island with familiar characters.
  • Drag and drop symbols and quotes to the appropriate character.
  • Uncover secrets and trivia about the book.
  • Explore the themes and ideas behind The Lord of the Flies.
Provides instant feedback, and most students will find it more engaging than a standard worksheet.
Not much to it, and easy to finish by guessing.
Bottom Line
It's a free, digital worksheet-style activity that'll help students brush up on the novel but not much else.
Caryn Swark
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 2
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 2

It's light on play with little of interest to do and few reasons to return.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 2

It's basically a digital worksheet -- useful for reviewing characters and themes, but not much else.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

Fairly easy to understand, but no extra tips, support, or guidance.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

This is a review-only activity. It doesn't do much teaching, and because it's so easy to complete by guessing, you can't use it for assessment. Teachers can use it after completing other class activities and discussions about the book to reinforce some of the key themes and characters, but they will want to supplement it with discussion, writing, and other projects that get students using critical thinking skills.

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What's It Like?

The Lord of the Flies Game is a very basic game for review of the novel Lord of the Flies. It's most akin to a digital worksheet, since students complete a few different point-and-click, question-and-answer activities covering key themes and characters. For instance, students drag and drop quotes and symbols (Piggy's glasses, for example) to the appropriate characters. They do the same thing with the story's themes (for example, the conch matches with "law and order") and uncover quotes from the book. There are also some multiple choice questions. Afterward, they can explore the flaming island for more information about William Golding and The Lord of the Flies.

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Is It Good For Learning?

As a quick review of the characters and themes in the story, many students will find this more engaging than a worksheet or classroom discussion. However, it's light on depth and doesn't actually teach anything, so it won't work as a standalone lesson or robust learning experience that taps into higher order thinking or analysis.

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