Boy by Roald Dahl Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Support student understanding of the novel 'Boy' by Roald Dahl with help from this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson to summarize key ideas and analyze quotes, use guiding discussion questions, and do a culminating experience before taking a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Boy by Roald Dahl
  • analyze quotes in Boy
  • answer questions to show understanding of Boy


  • 1 - 1.5 hours
  • three or four additional class periods for the culminating writing experience

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


  • Copies of the lesson Boy by Roald Dahl: Summary & Quotes, one for each student
  • Copies of the book Boy by Roald Dahl
  • Index cards with character names written on them
  • Copies of the quiz, one for each student

NOTE - This lesson is intended for students who have completed reading Boy by Roald Dahl.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Start by having students write down all the character names from the book in their notebooks.
  • Now ask students to record key events from each character as described in Boy by Roald Dahl. What happened to each character?

Direct Instruction

  • Distribute the lesson Boy by Roald Dahl: Summary & Quotes and read the section 'Boy - A Summary' together.
  • Allow students to adjust their notes if necessary, then call one student to the front of the room.
  • Have this student face the class and stand next to them, a bit behind, and show the class one prepared character card. Do not allow the participating student to see.
  • This student now needs to call on classmates who provide clues for what character they are. For example, a classmate may say 'You knew Roald when he was at school' or 'You died when Roald was very young.'
  • Keep tabs on how many questions each player needs before identifying the character to play competitively, if desired.
  • Read the 'Memorable Quotes' section together and divide the class into six small groups.
  • Assign to each group one quote from the lesson and have them find the quote in their books.
  • Instruct groups to discuss:
    • What is important about this quote?
    • What did you learn from this quote?
    • How can you apply this quote to your own life?
  • Have each group share their thoughts with the whole class and lead a discussion about their quote.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and allow students to ask and answer any remaining questions.

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