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The Witches by Roald Dahl
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Aug 14, 2012

really liked it

The Witches (2007) by Ronald Dahl

This story has twist of horror and humour. Luke is a clever seven year old boy who goes to live with his grandmother in England after his parent’s tragic death and learns that evil witches are planning to kill all the children of England.
His grandmother who is smart old lady teaches him useful things about how to recognise real witches and their disguises. Disaster occurs when he gets locked in their annual convention and overhears their plot to turn all the children into mice. Things go terribly wrong, when he meets Bruno and becomes the test dummy and turns into a tiny mouse. Luke tells grandma about the witches plot. Together they come up with a plan turning all the witches into mice.

I like this book because there’s magic, excitement, it’s terrifying and it has brilliant illustrations by Quentin Blake.

Overall, the book was great and the author Roald Dahl is a fantastic writer along with his other exciting books.

I recommend this book for children aged 8-10 years and with a great imagination.

The book can be used as a whole class guided reading session in the morning.
You can do many things such as:

•Getting the children to read the blurb and to think about what the book may be about.

•Children can answer questions on each chapter and to provide a well developed answer with reference to the text and also to write their own opinions.

•Read through the chapter ‘The Recipe’ and with the children, discuss the ingredients explaining that recipes are instructional texts. Show some examples of recipes to the class. Show an example of a recipe on the interactive whiteboard as a model for the children using formal language and presenting it appropriately. Explain that the children have to break up the recipe into ‘list of ingredients’ and ‘method’. Children can then invent their own formula for another spell using imaginary words. The class can create a recipe book of spells to be displayed in the classroom.

•Children can write a newspaper report about the strange incident in the dining room when the witches turned into mice. Discuss the language features of the text such as paragraphs, a quote from a witness. Show examples of headlines and discuss how to grab attention and/or create impact. Explain to children that opening paragraph should include a summary of the main story. Demonstrate how to use complex sentences, model joining of sentences using connectives and use of description and detail. Can display their newspaper report in the classroom.

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•Using ICT children can research on Roald Dahl and then make notes in order to write their own biographies about him. Show children how to use different search engines and cut and paste information into a separate document. Discuss which categories you can choose to collect facts e.g childhood, family etc.

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