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Bonnie Miller

Strategy: Character Description


Book: The BFG
Author: Roald Dahl




Summary of the Book: The BFG is about a little orphan girl named Sophie who sees the BFG
outside her window catching dreams late one night. The BFG plucks Sophie out of her bed and
takes her to the land of giants. Sophie discovers that this giant is nice and friendly. The other
giants who live in Giant Country are mean people-eating giants. Together, Sophie and the BFG
create a plan to get rid of the mean giants with a little help from the Queen of England.

Target Readers: 3
rd
-5
th
grade

Reading Strategy: Character Description.
While reading the book together in class, students will make note of character descriptions.
These descriptions may include Character traits (physical and personal), actions, and how they
develop. Throughout the book, students and teacher will add to character poster boards. Each
main character will have a poster designated to them and describes their main features. This
will help students recognize figurative language such as similes and descriptive words. Students
will understand the meaning of made-up words that the author uses and why it enhances the
reading. It will also show character relations, habits, and how the character contributes to the
plot. Students will understand the difference between protagonist and antagonist.

Modifications: This activity can be a classroom discussion after reading each chapter where the
teacher can add to the poster slowly and cumulatively. Or, this activity can be assigned as
individual homework after reading in class. When the class is done reading the book, the posters
can be made in one class.

Additional Activity: Dream Jar
In this assignment, students have a choice to either use a template provided of a blank jar or
students can use an actually jar for the project. Dream jars are a collection of small descriptions
about each student. The jars will include: a picture of them self, a favorite quote from the book
and explanation, a list of five dreams they wish to accomplish, a word they made up and its
definition and use of it in a sentence, and five words that describes them. It may also include any
pictures or small objects that represent an important part of their life. Students will then
present their jar to the class and have it displayed throughout the unit.

Thematic units, topics, or literature units: This Character Description strategy can be focused
on learning parts of speech, expanding use of figurative language in writing, or using context
clues for definitions of unknown words. Roald Dahl can also be compared to writers who use
language creatively such as Tolkien, Seuss, and Silverstein. The dream jar helps students analyze
characters and how they are described and then compare it to their own personalities. It also
implements reflection of the reading and diction used in the book.





















NAME: ________________________
5 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

FAVORITE QUOTE & PAGE NUMBER:





YOUR MADE-UP WORD AND DEFINITION:





FIVE DREAMS YOU WISH TO ACCMPLISH:
1.

2.

3.

4.

5.