Chapter 3, 'The Bicycle and the Sweet Shop', Boy by Roald Dahl

In this lesson students are asked to explore how Roald Dahl describes his childhood in chapter 3 of his autobiography, Boy. It would ideal to use as part of a KS3 unit.

The lesson starts by asking students to discuss their favourite sweets with a partner and they are then to read the chapter. There is a handout attached which is a template of a sweet jar which they can stick in their books and label with the quotes they find about Dahl’s favourite sweets mentioned in the text.

The plenary asks students to write a descriptive paragraph about their favourite sweets using key skills, using Dahl’s writing as inspiration. The key skills which are mention fit into the ‘MASSIVEOP’ acrostic. There is a handout for this also attached.

This lesson, as my other Literature lessons do, includes:

Starter tasks which introduce the main idea of the lesson
Differentiated tasks (challenge tasks in red)
Opportunities for pair and group talk within activities (‘Talk for Writing’)

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