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

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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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