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Roald Dahl Story Writing Workshop

Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on what was his birthday each year, 13th September. There are lots of exciting events happening for Roald Dahl Day, you can find ideas for your own celebrations at www.roalddahlday.info. Why not use this lesson plan to help your pupils celebrate this year?

Definition

Write a story inspired by Roald Dahl’s work.

Explaination

Pick your favourite Roald Dahl book.

Examples

Plenary

This is a 5-10 minute activity. Ask the children to work in pairs to read their poem to their partner. Their partner is to provide feedback; something they like about the poem and a suggestion on how it could be improved. To extend the activity to a second lesson ask the children to redraft, copy up and illustrate their poem. You can also ask pupils to read their finished poems out to the class.

TIPS

You can find out more about Roald Dahl at www.roalddahl.com/ and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre at www.roalddahlmuseum.org.

Roald Dahl titles to consider as inspiration:

The BFG (Tip – can your pupils create a giant and write a poem about all the disgusting things he does?).

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tip - The Roald Dahl Museum’s website has details of characters who were edited out of the book – pupils could make up a poem based on their names, imagining what they think the character would be like).

Danny Champion of the World (Tip – pupils can write a heart-felt poem about their dad, or other favourite person.)

Dirty Beasts (Tip – how about writing a poem dedicated to their pet, or all about the kind of animal they’d love to own – real or imaginary.)

Esio Trot (Tip – pupils could write a riddle about someone or something of their choice, using the answer to their riddle as the title, spelt backwards of course.)

Fantastic Mr Fox (Tip – pupils could write a limerick, or a poem about something they think is ‘fantastic’.)

George’s Marvellous Medicine (Tip – what would your pupils put in their own ‘marvellous medicine’?)

James and the Giant Peach (Tip – pupils could write their poem based on an amazing adventure or journey.)

Little Red Riding Hood (Tip – ask pupils to re-tell a folktale or fairy story in rhyme, like Roald Dahl.)

Matilda (Tip – pupils could write a rhyme about their teacher!)

Snow White (Tip – pupils could write a poem from a different character’s point of view.)

Your Turn

Finished? Why not submit your poem to Young Writers and we will enter it into one of our competitions.

Alternatively send your poem to:

Young Writers, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9BF or email it to info@youngwriters.co.uk