Lesson Plan

Matilda - Throwing the Hammer

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Full truth, or an exaggeration? How can you tell when a storyteller is exaggerating a story? Readers analyze a story told by Hortensia, and identify the exaggerative language she uses. Then, learners write their own narrative story using a lot of exaggeration to get their point across. Who will it fool?

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Print a class set or put learners into groups/pairs and give each group one sheet of the quotes
  • Cut each sheet into the paragraphs and give each learner one paragraph for highlighting
  • Pre-read and find the place in chapter 10 of the book that the resource says to stop reading for the starter portion of the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires the class to reference "Throwing the Hammer" in Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Provide highlighters for class members
  • Allows collaborative thinking
  • Strengthens the ability to identify exaggeration in language
  • No rubric is provided for the writing