Roald Dahl

Students explore how two humorous works of Roald Dahl contain deeper messages about courage, friendship and stepping in to save others. 

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Unit Summary

In this third-grade literature course, students explore the concepts of courage and friendship, beginning in Unit 1 with an author study of Roald Dahl. Even though Roald Dahl is known for writing silly, exaggerated stories with highly engaging characters, his stories have important themes and messages embedded in them. 

In addition to launching a year-long exploration of the themes of friendship and courage, these texts will also help establish a positive classroom culture as students analyze what it means to help others, be a good person, and show courage. We hope this unit, in connection with all of the units in our third-grade literature course, will help students develop a deep and nuanced understanding of both friendship and courage. 

In reading and writing, this unit focuses on setting a strong foundation for text analysis. Students will dive deep into characters and study the ways in which authors develop characters. They will analyze author’s word choice, both as a strategy for figuring out unknown words and as a way to improve their own narrative writing. Roald Dahl’s fun and playful writing style also allows for an exploration of how reading with expression and fluency helps develop comprehension.

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Texts and Materials

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Core Materials

  • Book: The Twits by Roald Dahl (Puffin Books, 2007)    —  750L

  • Book: The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl (Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. Edition, 2002)    —  600L

Supporting Materials

Assessment

These assessments accompany this unit to help gauge student understanding of key unit content and skills. Additional progress monitoring suggestions are included throughout the unit.

Unit Prep

Essential Questions

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  • Why do people seek retaliation?
  • Is seeking retaliation an effective way to solve a problem? 
  • How does Roald Dahl capture a reader's attention? 

Vocabulary

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Text-based

"be foiled" "bear it" "beg your pardon" "pay back" arrange cling faint fearsome filthy fury gasp glimpse gradually gulp helpless horrid hoisted innocent instigate intends long magnificent nasty nonsense obedient ordinary pale peer pity presence revenge revolting schemes shrink smear smeared stubborn thistles

Root/Affix

-ly -less -some non- non-

To see all the vocabulary for this course, view our 3rd Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Lesson Map

1

  • The Enormous Crocodile pp. 1 – 13

    RL.3.3

Describe the Enormous Crocodile. 

2Essential Task

  • The Enormous Crocodile pp. 14 – 30

    RL.3.2

    RL.3.3

Describe the Enormous Crocodile. 

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Writing

    L.3.1.f

    L.3.1.i

    L.3.3.b

Explain the difference between a fragment and a complete sentence.

5

  • The Twits pp. 3 – 10

    RL.3.3

Describe Mr. and Mrs. Twit.

6

  • The Twits pp. 10 – 17

    RL.3.3

Describe Mr. and Mrs. Twit’s relationship and how they treat each other.

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Writing

    L.3.1.f

    L.3.1.i

    L.3.3.b

Determine if a sentence is a complete sentence or incomplete sentence.

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Assessment

    SL.3.1

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5 days

Narrative Writing

    L.3.1.i

    L.3.2.f

    W.3.3.a

    W.3.3.d

Write stories in the style of Roald Dahl.

Common Core Standards

Core Standards

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L.3.1

L.3.1.f

L.3.1.i

L.3.2

L.3.2.e

L.3.2.f

L.3.3

L.3.3.a

L.3.3.b

L.3.4

L.3.4.a

L.3.5

L.3.6

RL.3.2

RL.3.3

RL.3.5

SL.3.1

SL.3.1.a

SL.3.1.d

SL.3.6

W.3.3

W.3.3.a

W.3.3.d

Supporting Standards

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L.3.1.a

L.3.1.b

L.3.1.c

L.3.4.b

L.3.4.c

L.3.5.a

L.3.5.c

RF.3.3

RF.3.4

RL.3.1

RL.3.10

RL.3.4

RL.3.7

SL.3.1.b

W.3.10

W.3.4

W.3.5

W.3.6