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Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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Matilda tells the story of a young girl who is raised by a family who doesn’t nurture her many abilities. Matilda finds out that she can use magic after repeated arguments with the school headmaster. After meeting Ms. Honey, Matilda can use her academic abilities to her full potential and has a support system to back her up.
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This story was important to me when I was younger because I remember my mom reading it to me. The movie was also very popular in our house as I grew up. Now that I am older, I believe that it is a grew representation of how a teacher can change a student’s life. One teacher who could be very rude to a student could hinder a student’s academic abilities while a teacher who makes sure their students are healthy and safe allows for their students to become comfortable and feel better about exercising their abilities.
Extension Ideas:
1. Students could write a paper about their favorite book and what reading means to them like Matilda.
2. Students can do a compare/contrast between Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull and which they would rather have as a teacher.
3. Write a recipe for their own chocolate cake.
  CaitlinOH_22 | Mar 26, 2017 |
Summary- A young girl was born to hateful, selfish parents who didn't realize how special she was. She learns she has powers through her dislike of her principal. Her teacher grows close to her because she is intrigued by her academic abilities.

Personal Reaction- This story really tugs at my heart. As a teacher, I know that some children have parents who don't appreciate their worth and I hope that I can show them that love while they are with me.

Classroom Extension Ideas- 1. Talk about the vocabulary words in this story 2. Create a classroom with Miss Honey teaching and then discuss the how different it would be if Miss Trunchbull taught in that same classroom
  LaceyL | Mar 20, 2017 |
This charming tale follows a young girl named Matilda, who has incredible academic abilities that go unnoticed by her uncaring family. As she begins school, she meets her new teacher, Ms. Honey, who inspires her as she repeatedly goes head to head with the school's oppressive headmaster: Ms. Trunchbull.
While technically a fantasy novel because of the telekinetic abilities that Matilda possesses, this novel does an excellent job of relating to the mind of a child an the way young children interpret the world.
1. One way to utilize this book would be to have a group of students read it a small book group. In group meetings, students can discuss perspectives and how Matilda interprets things and make predictions on what they think will happen next based on clues in the text.
2. Another way to use this book would be to read it allowed when doing a unit on character types. Students can work together to identify the different characters in Matilda as well as providing evidence for each character type.
Age Appropriateness: primary, intermediate
Media: watercolor and pen ( )
  rstewart15 | Mar 19, 2017 |
This story is about a young girl who is extremely intelligent, and is miss-treated and ignored by her parents. Matilda is sent to school that is run by a terrible woman named Ms. Trunchbull who is the aunt of Matilda's lovely and warm-hearted teacher named Ms. Honey. Matilda learns that she has a magical power where she can use her brain to do things. The message of this story is that even if you are young, if you set your mind to it you can do anything. Matilda demonstrates this message throughout the book, but the mainly when she gets Ms. Trunchbull thrown out of the school. It can also be that knowledge is power because Matilda taught herself everything, and it lead her to a happier life in the end. ( )
  MaggieMurray | Mar 15, 2017 |
Matilda is a book with many obstacles along with ups and downs. Matilda is a young girl with secret powers. She not only has these powers, but she is extremely smart and reads tons and tons of books. Her parents not only neglect her, but send her to an awful school with an even worse principal. The only good thing that came out of going to the horrible school was her amazing teacher: Ms. Honey. Matilda and Ms. Honey grow extremely close, when Matilda's parents are taking off to go move to another country. The relationship with Ms. Honey and Matilda are so strong that she decides to adopt her! The central message in this book is that even though life can throw you insane curve balls, stay strong and you will end up on top. Matilda was such a strong girl with so much going for her, her potential will be reached because of the amazing Ms. Honey. ( )
  OliviaRubino | Mar 14, 2017 |
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I haven’t read this book since childhood, and I was delighted that it’s still just as entertaining to read as an adult! I’m a huge Roald Dahl fan so it was fun to start reading his works again. I read this right as I saw Matilda, Tim Minchin’s musical, so it was nice to compare the book to the musical (which actually stayed fairly true to the story)

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Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hatting headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.
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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. ("The") Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable--the big surprise comes when Matilda discovers a new, mysterious facet of her mental dexterity. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings. (Ages 9 to 12)

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Matilda, a brilliant, sensitive little girl, uses her talents and ingenuity to seek revenge on her crooked father, lazy mother, and the terrifying Miss Trunchbull, her wicked headmistress, and save her beloved teacher, Miss Honey.

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