Roald Dahl

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Describe the Enormous Crocodile. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl  pp. 1 – 13

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Describe the Enormous Crocodile. What evidence does the author include to help the reader better understand the Enormous Crocodile?

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Key Questions


Compare and contrast the Notsobig Crocodile and the Enormous Crocodile. How do the Notsobig Crocodile's words impact the Enormous Crocodile's decision? Why?

Do the Notsobig Crocodile's actions make the Crocodile more or less likely to eat a child? Explain why.

What descriptive language does Roald Dahl include to help the reader better understand how the animals feel about the Enormous Crocodile? What descriptive language does the author include to show how the Enormous Crocodile feels? 



intends     (v.)

plans to do something

"be foiled"     (phrase)

to have your plan ruined by someone or something

schemes     (v.)

makes a sneaky plan

gulp     (v.)

to eat something in a big bite

horrid     (adj.)


nasty     (adj.)

disgusting, unpleasant and unkind

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.3 — Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

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