Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

If your students have finished reading Dahls' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' consider using this lesson plan to guide your review of the book's most important elements. In addition to a text lesson, find an activity that will encourage students to display their knowledge through creativity.

Note: This lesson plan is designed for students who have read Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the plot of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • list and describe the characters found in the novel
  • discuss key themes from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Key Terms and Characters

  • Physical trait
  • Character trait
  • Moral
  • Willy Wonka
  • Charlie Bucket
  • Augustus Gloop
  • Mike Teavee
  • Veruca Salt
  • Violet Beauregarde


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