I’m beginning Lord of the Flies with the grade 11s this week, so today’s block was more of a transition class to get them thinking about some of the logistics of island survival.

I split the class randomly into four groups and gave them the following details:

-their plane has crashed on a tropical island

-no adults survived

-the plane has been destroyed, so there isn’t much they can salvage

The groups came up with survival plans, and after each group presented, others were invited to ask questions or point out weaknesses or holes in the plans.

Some ideas were…creative, especially the group with a 10-year-plan to begin mining and smelting a boat. Other plans reflected what the world is like for these students (“we’ll just wait about five years and by then the entire world will have wifi, so we’ll just go on the internet for a rescue.”)

Here are some of the highlights: