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LOTF Themes: Religion

LOTF Theme: Religion Lord of the Flies can be read, at least in part, as a religious allegory. It features the character Simon as a Christ-figure who is killed by the other boys. Following this train of thought, the island can be seen as the Garden of Eden, before it was corrupted by mankind and his evil activities (as represented…

LOTF Themes: Identity

LOTF Theme: Identity Halloween is a lot tamer than it was when people dressed up to scare away ghosts, but the idea is the same: disguising yourself lets you get away with things that you can’t do in your Levis and American Apparel hoody. The boys in Lord of the Flies aren’t dressing up as Freddy Krueger, but they’re still…

LOTF Themes: Power

LOTF Theme: Power Congratulations! You've just been elected student body president. What's your first move—getting the mystery meat out of the school lunches, or staking your claim to the best parking spot? In Lord of the Flies, we learn that absolute power corrupts absolutely—but limited power might end up making leaders better. This is the difference between Ralph, who gets…

LOTF Themes: Youth

LOTF Theme: Youth The island is strictly pre-teen, with no messy hormones to make things even worse. Maybe some of the boys have peach fuzz—we bet Jack does—but in general, these are little boys playing little boy games. Only the games aren’t so innocent. Lord of the Flies asks a crucial question: are kids really innocent, or do even six-year-olds…

What I Learned Today 10/03/2014

Fiction Writing: I entered a contest in a Homeschooling magazine my mom gets. Each month they give out a topic, and the 10 kids with the best stories get published and win a prize. This month's prize is a spaceship sticker book. Topic: Your long-lost great uncle left you enough money to open your own store. Tell us about it.…

What I Learned Today 10/02/2014

Nonfiction/Opinion Writing Today I chose not to write about Dornob, but to write about a different article instead.Miss Judy sent my mom an article you can find at http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/blog/2014/08/21/children-autism-extra-synapses-brain/. It’s from Columbia University Medical Center and is titled “Children with Autism Have Extra Synapses in Brain: Maybe possible to prune synapses with drug after diagnosis.” This new drug basically makes…

LOTF Themes: Fear

Theme: Fear In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, new president of the United States, said that the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Okay, it’s a little more eloquent than Piggy’s “I know there isn’t no fear,” but the point is basically the same: the most dangerous thing on this planet is probably fear, especially fear of the…

What I Learned Today 9/25/2014

We worked on more pre-algebra multiplication using the commutative, associative, and distributive rules. I completed Vocabulary Lesson 2 yesterday and wrote more of my essay. Today, I had to write a paragraph using all 15 of my vocabulary words correctly. Here is the paragraph I wrote: Once upon a time, somewhere lived an old man and his old wife. They…

What I Learned Today 9/23/14

This is really for two days: yesterday and today. That is why it is so long. I earned my Bobcat Badge in Cub Scouts! See it hanging from my pocket? At the pack meeting Friday, we did skits and are kettle desserts from the fire. We learned about camping procedures. I got to go up and receive my Bobcat Badge…