This is the first lesson in a fourth-grade novel study on James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. This unit could continue over several days until the novel is completed.

Learning Objectives

  • (ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1) Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • (ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2) Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • (ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3) Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).


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