The Magic Finger Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

'The Magic Finger' by Roald Dahl is an early independent reading book that broaches the subject of animal rights. Teach your students about this book using a text lesson that summarizes the text and an activity to help students demonstrate understanding.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the plot of The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
  • discuss the theme and message of The Magic Finger

Length

  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2

Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5

Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6

Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7

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