A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. -- Roald Dahl
This is was my second iteration of a repeated project. See my first iteration from 2013 -- Anthology. See my third iteration from 2015 -- Enormous Ears. See my fourth iteration from 2016 -- The BSE.
During spring 2014, Room 2 students read and discussed over ten books written by Roald Dahl. They used his children’s stories to inform their understanding of the elements of fiction, including character, setting, and plot, as well as to get a sense of his style of writing and the illustrations of Quentin Blake. Throughout the process, students documented story components in order to look for trends across his work. They found several characteristics that make it unique, including his use of children as protagonists and adults as antagonists, imaginative vocabulary, and inspiration drawn from his own life. In addition to the elements of fiction, students sought to include some of Dahl’s characteristics in each of their own stories, which were published as individual hardcover books and later together as an anthology for sale on Amazon.