Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Unit Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is a popular children's novel by Roald Dahl about an unconventional candy company owner who is looking for an heir to his fortune. This unit plan outlines a novel study for upper elementary classrooms on this book.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a humorous children's book that has enjoyed popularity for a half a century. The book features Charlie, a poverty-stricken boy, who competes with other children to inherit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Students learn great moral lessons as Charlie, while tempted, is guided by his conscience. The other children exhibit deep flaws, such as gluttony and greed, that prevent them from making the ethical decisions Wonka requires of his successor.

The unit has been divided into pre-reading, reading, and post-reading sections with activities designed to support comprehension and analysis of this novel, evaluate student learning, and provide differentiation and enrichment.


While Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is arguably Roald Dahl's most recognizable work, students may be surprised to learn that they are familiar with several of his works, such as Matilda, BFG, and James and the Giant Peach. The Roald Dahl Lesson Plan provides opportunities for students to learn about the author's background and writing style before embarking on this novel. In this asset, students will specifically learn about the author's comedic style and be provided with the opportunity to mimic it in their own writing.

Pre-teaching some vocabulary will proactively support student comprehension and encourage students to practice using more colorful word choices in their own writing. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Vocabulary Activities provides entertaining options for learning new vocabulary both in isolation and in context.


While reading the story with students, you will want to pause frequently to make sure students are fully grasping the characters, setting, plot, and themes. The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Lesson Plan provides students with collaborative opportunities to compare the characters and apply their understanding of the main points of the story.

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