Matilda: Plot Diagram
Updated: 2/25/2021
Matilda: Plot Diagram
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Matilda by Roald Dahl

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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.


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  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • EXPOSITION: Interesting Family
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Happy Friday!
  • 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!