This fun and informative lesson helps students to understand the descriptive language techniques used by Roald Dahl in his descriptions of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean in ‘Fantastic Mr Fox.’ In particular, students analyse how Dahl's language is used to create imagery, before designing and describing their very own mean farmers!
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
-Completing a card-sorting activity to define and exemplify each of the descriptive devices;
- Reading and understanding extracts from the opening of Fantastic Mr Fox, in which the farmers are described;
- Identifying and analysing Dahl's use of language devices throughout the description of the farmers;
- Writing their own language device-filled descriptions of their farmers, with support from a clear template;
- Self assessing their own learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Language Analysis Worksheet (and answer sheet);
- Selected extracts - Billionaire Boy;
- Cards for Sorting Activity;
- Planning Template (Word and PDF);
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with a mixed-ability year 7 class, however colleagues have used them for between years 3 and 9 with some adaptations.
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