Why Boys Become Vicious

This lesson has two purposes: (1) expose students to the views of William Golding before reading his novel Lord of the Flies; and (2) practice reading and analyzing argument.

By Mr. LeMaster
October 10, 2013
10th Grade English

Writing Prompt

Write a brief paper in which you analyze William Golding's argument in "Why Boys Become Vicious." Account for the author's claims and state the purpose of the text. Then, in a few paragraphs, evaluate the evidence Golding uses to advance his position. To what extent do you agree or disagree with Golding's position on good versus evil?
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10th Grade English Language Arts Standards

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.


Media Literacy. Students use comprehension skills to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts.


Expository and Procedural Texts. Students write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes.


Research Plan. Students ask open-ended research questions and develop a plan for answering them.


Gathering Sources. Students determine, locate, and explore the full range of relevant sources addressing a research question and systematically record the information they gather.


Synthesizing Information. Students clarify research questions and evaluate and synthesize collected information.

Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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