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Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Teaching Resources

Teaching Roald Dahl's classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a guaranteed winner".  Kids love reading the book, which is simple on the surface and can be finished within a week or two. Which gives you a nice time frame to analyze it.

There are also two very diverse films that offer polarizing interpretations of the story, Both,  are never the less enjoyable and valuable to watch to enhance the understanding the messages and morals of the story.

And finally, "Charlie" is great fun and offers students and teachers 'A world of pure imagination' to explore and dissect.

After teaching Charlie for a couple of years now I have compiled some great resources that will easily fill your literacy sessions for a fortnight and offer some creative and insightful learning opportunities.

Below I have made them available for you to download.

I would recommend spreading all of these tasks over two weeks.  And ensure that you have read the book first, as a class or individuals.  Schedule two literacy sessions to watch both versions of the film.

The bulk of class time could be used for students to complete tasks from the Blooms grid.  It is a great idea to spend 15 minutes each day teaching a mini lesson about one of the activities at the beginning of each session to reinforce student understanding.

I usually conclude the unit by getting students to write an essay on one of the topics  below once they have developed a complete understanding of the book. 

Students also enjoy enjoy compiling a handful of their best work over the time period and sharing them.

Structure it as you like, however and if you create any other great resources please send them through to us and we will add them to this collection.

Download The Blooms Multiple Intelligence Grid

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Download the Character Analysis Venn Diagrams, 

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Update:  New Idea from Shelley in Texas, Students can design a new room for the factory as either a written or visual task.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
$9.99
Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, David Kelly
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
$2.99
Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole