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Man From the South by Roald Dahl Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

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

This lesson plan accompanies Roald Dahl's short story 'Man from the South.' Students will answer questions about the text, summarize the story, and make text-to-self connections.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on 'Man from the South' by Roald Dahl, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about the story.
  • Define unfamiliar vocabulary from the story.
  • Reflect on the story in writing.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.1

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

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

Vocabulary

  • assumptions
  • berates
  • cringe
  • gambling
  • harbor
  • institutionalization
  • menace
  • motive
  • mutilation
  • narrator
  • naval cadets
  • presumed
  • seizes
  • suspenseful
  • wager

Materials

  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lessons
  • Copies of 'Man from the South' by Roald Dahl
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Dictionaries

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students before reading lessons.
  • Read Roald Dahl's Man from the South: Summary & Analysis as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What is the setting of the story?
    • Who is at the pool at the beginning of the story?
    • What do the American man and Carlos bet?
    • Turn and talk: Would you take the bet?
    • How does the South American prepare for the bet?
    • What information does Carlos' preparation provide to the others?
    • How many times does the lighter light?
    • How does the bet end?
    • What is Carlos' relationship to the woman? How do you know?
    • Why is Carlos in Jamaica?
    • What are the themes of the story?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.

Activities

Summary, Themes, and Reflection

Materials: paper, pencils, copies of 'Man from the South' by Roald Dahl, highlighters, dictionaries

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