- Grade Level: 5
- Guided Reading Level: U
- Genre: Fantasy
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl’s classic, The BFG, tells the story of an orphan named Sophie who has been kidnapped by a giant. Luckily for Sophie, the giant is a BFG. He is not like other giants who delight in eating human beings. This giant is a Big Friendly Giant who has a unique way with words. Students will delight in Sophie and the BFG’s story while learning about figurative language and the ways authors use words to bring stories to life.
Teach with The BFG by Roald Dahl
This Book Club Super Pack includes a Common Core aligned lesson plan and set of resources designed to support small group reading instruction.
- Interactive Lesson Plan for 7 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Figurative Language
- Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
- Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
- Book Club Calendar
- Conversation Prompts
- Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
- Student Self Evaluation Forms
- Running Record Assessment Tool
- Student Reading Response Guide
- Comprehension Assessment Rubric
- Common Core State Standard Assessment
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The BFG Resource Set
The instructional overview includes instructional background for figurative language, a list of instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to The BFG Book Club.
The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an expectations for Book Club anchor chart.
In The BFG, author Roald Dahl uses figurative language to make the story come alive for his readers. The author's strong use of figurative language creates vivid mental images for the students as they read.
The BFG is a perfect text to use to practice identifying different types of figurative language. This Book Club meeting introduces students to metaphors and similes in the text and provides a system for tracking figurative language as they read.
Another type of figurative language that author Roald Dahl used in The BFG is personification. During this meeting, students will understand how the author used personification to give nonhuman objects human characteristics in order to help his readers create strong mental images.
Students will enjoy hunting for the many examples of onomatopoeia Roald Dahl included in The BFG. Group discussion focuses on words that are pronounced the way they are written and why readers can easily understand nonsensical words in the text.
This The BFG Book Club meeting focuses on identifying idioms. A group discussion using examples from the text will help students to understand why idioms can be confusing to understand.
Roald Dahl provides many examples of hyperbole in The BFG. Students will identify this type of figurative language and discuss how using exaggeration in writing helps to create strong mental images for readers.
This final Book Club meeting focuses student attention on the use of symbolism throughout the text. In addition, students will discuss how noticing figurative language improved their comprehension while reading The BFG.
Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with figurative language.
This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of The BFG and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by The BFG Book Club Resource Set.
Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The BFG. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with The BFG by Roald Dahl. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.
Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The BFG, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the The BFG Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
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