This fun and informative helps students to gain a deeper understanding of the main character in Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox:’ Mr Fox himself! Students use their skills of inference and deduction in order to establish key information about Mr Fox’s character, likes, dislikes, and mannerisms. They then create a character profile using the information that they have gathered!
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
-Considering how Roald Dahl was influenced by real-life foxes in his characterisation;
- Reading and understanding extracts from the opening of Fantastic Mr Fox, in which Mr Fox's character traits are revealed;
- Inferring and deducing key features about Mr Fox from across the text;
- Creating a character profile for Mr Fox, utilising knowledge that they have gathered from over the course of the lesson;
- Self assessing their own learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Text Detectives Worksheet (and answer sheet);
- Selected extracts - Fantastic Mr Fox;
- Character Profile 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 3 class, however colleagues have used them for between years 1 and 8 with some adaptations.
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