The Twits Resource Set

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The Twits by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s story about two of the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world is sure to have your students laughing out loud. Use the constant trickery and the story of revenge as a springboard for examining cause and effect relationships in text. By taking the time to notice how the characters react to one another, readers will draw connections between the cause and effect relationships that move this classic story along.

Teach with The Twits 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 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Cause and Effect
  • 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.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 RL.4.9 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • TEKS Alignment: 4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 4.6E 4.6F 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.8B 4.8C 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F
  • Vocabulary: 4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F
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    The Twits Resource Set

    The Twits Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for cause and effect, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the The Twits Book Club.

    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 Cause and Effect

    As students begin to read longer texts like The Twits by Roald Dahl, it is necessary to develop skills that help to sustain comprehension. One of these important skills, understanding cause and effect, is explored throughout this Book Club.

    Meeting #2: Connecting Cause and Effect to The Main Idea

    Exploring cause and effect relationships in The Twits will help students identify the main ideas presented by author Roald Dahl. Students will use their Reader's Notebook to track the main idea, supporting details, and cause and effect relationships while they read.

    Meeting #3: Connecting Cause and Effect to Primary and Secondary Events

    Discussion for this The Twits Book Club meeting focuses on the primary and secondary effects related to the cause. When students are able to identify these relationships, they are better able to understand what is happening in the story and why.

    Meeting #4: Using Illustrations to Predict Effect

    This meeting connects the idea that when we make a prediction while reading, we are predicting the effect of a cause. When reading The Twits by Roald Dahl, students can use the illustrations to make reasonable predictions about cause and effect relationships.

    Meeting #5: Connecting Cause and Effect to Theme

    During this final The Twits Book Club meeting, students will use what they have learned about cause and effect relationships to help them identify the theme of the text.

    The Twits Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with cause and effect.

    The Twits Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of The Twits and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    The Twits Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Twits. 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 Twits by Roald Dahl. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    The Twits Vocabulary Connections

    Introduce students to the new vocabulary in The Twits. This Vocabulary Connections resource has everything you need to support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary development. Download the individual resource or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities to support comprehension of the new words in the book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F

    The Twits Common Core Alignment

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

    The Twits TEKS Alignment

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

    4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 4.6E 4.6F 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.8B 4.8C 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F

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