Roald Dahl

Lesson 2

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Describe the Enormous Crocodile. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl  pp. 14 – 30

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Determine two or three traits that best describe The Enormous Crocodile. Explain how the traits influence the way The Enormous Crocodile behaves. Make sure to include specific examples from the text.

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Key Questions


  • How do the illustrations help the reader better understand the Enormous Crocodile and the others animals' feelings and actions? 
  • How did the animals respond to each of the Enormous Crocodile's tricks? Why?
  • What happened to the Enormous Crocodile? Why?
  • Did Trunky do the right thing? Why or why not?





to put in order



very dirty



very light in color



to look closely

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.2 — Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

  • 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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