Matilda Unit Plan

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Roald Dahl's literary classic 'Matilda' can be a joy to read in school. This lesson provides teachers with a 'Matilda' unit outline designed for classroom use.

Dahl's Matilda

Depending on the level of your students, Matilda, which is 21 chapters long, can be read and discussed in approximately two weeks. If possible, read the first chapter aloud in class or ask for student volunteers to read. After the first chapter is completed, have a discussion about what students expect from the book and then write the following schedule on the blackboard.

  • Days 1-2 (Monday, Tuesday)
    • Chapters 2-5
  • Days 3-4 (Wednesday, Thursday)
    • Chapters 6-9
  • Days 5-7 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
    • Chapters 10-15
  • Days 8-9 (Monday, Tuesday)
    • Chapters 16-18
  • Days 10-11 (Wednesday, Thursday)
    • Chapters 19-21
  • Day 12 (Friday)
    • Optional final assessment

Feel free to adjust the reading schedule to meet your needs.

Note-Taking & Discussion

As students read, they should be taking notes (if possible, directly in the book). Encourage them to highlight aspects of the story with different colored highlighters. For example:

  • Pink - Names
  • Green - Events
  • Yellow - Confusing passages/questions

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