The BFG Resource Set

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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

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using The BFG by Roald Dahl

  • 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
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10D 5.10G 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    The BFG Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes an 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.
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.10D 5.10G 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G

    Book Club Management Resources

    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.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Figurative Language

    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.

    Meeting #2: Metaphors and Similes

    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.

    Meeting #3: Personification

    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.

    Meeting #4: Onomatopoeias

    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.

    Meeting #5: Idioms

    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.

    Meeting #6: Hyperboles

    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.

    Meeting #7: Symbolism

    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.

    The BFG Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with figurative language.

    The BFG Common Core Assessment

    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.

    The BFG Running Record

    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.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    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.

    The BFG Vocabulary Connections

    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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    The BFG Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by The BFG Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the The BFG Resource Set.

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