James and the Giant Peach
by: Roald Dahl is a story that takes the reader on an adventure! I would recommend this book for a class read-aloud and novel study because the writing is exciting and is a quick read.
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1. James's Character Traits~ Write a character trait in the space and then underneath describe why you chose this adjective using text evidence. James is heroic because he saved the centipede who fell overboard. The centipede said, "He saved me! He swam around in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean until he found me!" (100)
2. Cause and Effect
3. Compare and Contrast Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge
4. Identifying Themes and finding text evidence to support the themes
(I have provided 4 themes and space to describe themes and an additional paper that is a template for students to find their own themes and describe them using text evidence.)
5. Writing a Limerick Poem (Detailed Instructions and a user friendly outline of where and how to rhyme the lines) Bonus: Blank Limerick Poetry page that can be used at any time and does not have to used for James and the Giant Peach.
6. What's Your Opinion of the book? Favorite part? Least Favorite Part? Some Questions you still are wondering etc.
7. Sequence of Events to identify main ideas
8. Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then to summarize the story
9. Summarize the story in a small paragraph (gradual release from numbers 7 and 8)
10. Figurative Language- Focus on: Similes~ The students will read the similes from the novel and identify what is being compared and what additional imagery this comparison creates. Also, a page where the students are asked to supply their own similes from the story. I have provided a list of similes, to help out, in the answer section.
11. Research on "The Pied Piper of Hamlin" (Roald Dahl refers to James as this person) Why?
12. Identifying the Mood during the scene where James is compared to The Pied Piper of Hamlin and the mood from the Story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin.
13. Research Pages with links to websites (a video, a short-story and a poem about the Pied Piper of Hamlin) I have given this in two formats. 1)I have provided hyperlinks, that you can click on if this file is on the computer or the students can type in the URL. 2)I have provided QR codes that the students can scan that will take them directly to each resource.
Other James and The Giant Peach Resources include:
James and the Giant Peach Creative Writing Newspaper Activity