Matilda by Roald Dahl is a novel about an extraordinary young girl. Despite having a family who doesn't care about her, Matilda’s brilliance, charm, and special powers keep readers rooting for her from beginning to end. This is a great lesson plan for elementary to teach figurative language, themes, and analyzing characters.
Five and a half year old Matilda is smart as a whip, and her parents are mean and neglectful. Through a series of pranks and new friendships, Matila comes into her own and finds happiness.
CLIMAX: Mysterious Message
AGATHA GIVE MY JENNY BACK HER HOUSE
The Wormwood family is not like any other. Mr. and Mrs. Wormword don't care that their 5 1/2 year old daughter Matilda is a genius, and Matilda doesn't quite realize what she is capable until she tries.
FALLING ACTION: Good Things
Matilda, what do you think?
At school, Matilda's life isn't much better. Her teacher, Miss Trunchbull, is mean and simply horrible, bringing out Matilda's telekinetic powers and the prankster within her.
RESOLUTION: Goodbye Parents
Matilda uses her telekinetic powers to write on the chalkboard and scare Miss Trunchbull, causing her to pass out.
Miss Trunchbull has left the school, and Miss Honey's life is starting to fall back into place. Matilda is able to skip some grades and finally feels challenged in school.
Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood and their son head to Spain without Matilda. Matilda and Miss Honey become a family and never have to think about their horrible families again!