Matilda Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Use this lesson plan to support the reading of 'Matilda' with your students. An informational text lesson guides the story summary and is supplemented with discussion questions and activities to increase understanding. Finish with a quiz and culminating activity to make learning stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • cite textual evidence to support summary of Matilda


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Matilda by Roald Dahl: Book Summary, one for each student
  • Copies of the text Matilda by Roald Dahl, one for each student
  • List of characters written on paper slips, one for each student (you'll have to write characters more than once)
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Shoe boxes, one for each student
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Aluminum foil

Key Vocabulary

  • Precocious
  • Rocky

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.6.3

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.

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