CLARK — Kathleen Whittemore’s ninth grade classes at the Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark participated in a project in which they put the author of Lord of the Flies, William Golding, on trial. Golding was accused of crimes against humanity for claiming that all humans are inherently evil.
The class was divided in half; one half was the prosecution and the other half the defense. Students worked together to research and create witnesses. Witnesses were characters from the book, philosophers, and famous figures in history. Two students per group were designated lawyers while other members were put on the witness stand to be questioned. Examples of witnesses were Jack, Ralph and Simon from the novel, and philosophers Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Confucius as well as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, and Ivan the Terrible.
Pictured above are Julia Kaplun swearing in Riley Delaney as Zeyad Hijazi prepares to question. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)