Roald Dahl discussion questions

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Contributor: Teachit team
Roald Dahl discussion questions
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Roald Dahl

No primary school classroom is complete without a Roald Dahl book or several! From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to James and the Giant Peach to Matilda, Roald Dahl’s children’s books are renowned for their wonderfully descriptive language and powerful messages.

This set of 12 discussion questions for key stage 2 is a great teaching resource for any time you’re reading a Roald Dahl book or poem with your learners and would be the perfect activity idea for Roald Dahl Day on 13th September.

Cut up the cards and share them among groups, or take each question at a time for a class discussion. Which Dahl story does your class prefer? Fantastic Mr Fox or The Twits? Are they fans of Willy Wonka? The BFG? And what makes these books so special? The questions are designed to encourage children to express likes and dislikes and to explain their reasons and to promote PSHE-related conversations about resilience, courage and kindness.

If you’re looking for more Roald Dahl resources, including resource packs, teaching ideas and reading comprehension activities, find them here.

Sample questions from the resource:

Which character from Roald Dahl’s books do you relate to the most and why?

If you had to invent a Roald Dahl-type character, what would you call them and what would they be like?

How do Roald Dahl’s books make you feel and what do you think makes them so popular with readers of different ages?



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