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Activity Overview


When studying literature, an important element to go over with students is foreshadowing. Whether in a short story, play, or novel, the literary device causes the students to act as detectives while they are one the edge of their seats trying to guess what will happen next.

Foreshadowing can be a difficult element to pick up. It takes a skilled reader to be able to see the subtlety that the author uses to keep the reader aroused. Foreshadowing, however, is not as cut and dry as many people assume; sometimes the author uses foreshadowing as a red herring, something that is meant to distract the reader or lead them in the wrong direction.


Five Basic Types of Foreshadowing

  • Concrete, or commonly referred to as "Chekov's Gun"
  • Prominent, or also known as the "Prophecies"
  • Evocative, or the "Flashback/Flashforward"
  • Abstract, or known as "Symbolic"
  • Fallacy, or "The Red Herring"

The storyboard is an example of three types of foreshadowing from the text. Looking at the specific instances and their outcomes helps students to understand the type of foreshadowing used. Each example of foreshadowing is centered around a particular character.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Foreshadowing



Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that illustrates the types of foreshadowing and their outcomes in Lord of the Flies

  1. Use the template your teacher provided.
  2. Define each type of foreshadowing.
  3. Identify events or scenes that fall under each type of foreshadowing (concrete, prominent, evocative, abstract, and fallacy)
  4. Describe the scene and the outcome of the foreshadowing.
  5. Illustrate the scene and outcome with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.


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