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AGE 12-14
Lord of the Flies
Heather P c
5 years ago
I have serious concerns about using this book. Any ideas for replacing it?
Rebecca Z c
5 years ago
We enjoyed Lord of the Flies at our house for the really great discussion it created. I remember reading it in high school myself and having very provocative discussions then as well. My daughter is in an online program and we are using MBTP as a supplement to enrich her current schooling. I picked Lord of the Flies as her first unit, knowing the rich discussion it would create. She really enjoyed the book.
Bridget B c
4 years ago
I wish someone had responded to this because it's my question, too. My 14 year old already read this book as an 8th grader in public school, so it would be redundant. Also, she didn't like it at all. Is there a good book to replace this one?
Keith H c e
4 years ago
Thanks for reaching out to us with your concern. Because we integrate the books so tightly with the curriculum, it is not really feasible to just swap out another book. For a child that has already read the book, you could do one of two things.

First, you could have them complete the unit anyway. The story won't be new, but the study that we are going to be doing with the book is likely to be very different from what was done in the previous year by your daughter. We do a very thorough analysis of the different characters and look at how the author uses the change in these characters to drive the story. We also incorporate many other types of activities and skills that you wouldn't want to skip. For example, we teach dependent clauses, independent clauses, noun clauses, adjective clauses, adverb clauses, absolute phrases, prepositional phrases, the elements of dystopian fiction, using pace in your writing to drive tension, vocabulary, symbolism and archetypes, allegory, and finally essay writing.

A second option would be to skip the reading of the book, but to quickly go through the lessons and make sure that your daughter is introduced to the content that is included. Some of the activities may require a summary of the chapter as a refresher, but it may not require rereading the entire book.

I hope this helps as you plan out the coming year. Let us know if you have other questions.

Keith
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