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.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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


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.


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.


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


  • 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.


Summary, Themes, and Reflection

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

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