Roald Dahl’s stories are often hilarious – but behind the larger-than-life characters, imaginative settings and humorous situations there are also thought-provoking issues and questions for children to consider, says Carey
3-page document containing three activities designed to explore the more serious side of Roald Dahl’s children’s fiction:
Getting into the texts
Read, enjoy and discuss The BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as part of a shared reading for pleasure experience before taking your explorations further
Taking it further
Dahl’s imagination never fails him, and he’s always urging his readers to be curious and come up with their own ideas. Why not create an ‘Inventing Room’? Take inspiration from Willy Wonka, Matilda and the BFG, and equip it with different areas for different purposes…
Debating with Dahl
Dahl’s life spanned a period that included two world wars and he saw active service as a fighter pilot. He also suffered personal tragedies, including the death of his seven-year-old daughter – so it comes as no surprise to find some ‘big ideas’ beneath the anarchic verve and humour of his storytelling. Why not debate some of the ethical issues raised by Dahl’s characters?
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