Roald Dahl

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of Roald Dahl. He was born in 1916 and has written many books for children and adults. His most popular work are his children’s stories filled with humour and many of them have been made into films. Some of his famous work include:

  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Charlie and the Chocolate factory
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • The Witches
  • Matilda
  • The BFG
  • Boy: Tales of Childhood

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Boy: Tales of Childhood is an autobiography about his early school life. In the introduction of this book Roald Dahl writes about his memories:

“Some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. I suppose that is why I have always remembered them so vividly. All are true.”

Think about an experience in your childhood that was either funny, painful or unpleasant. You can write about your experience or speak about it to a friend.

Choose a Roald Dahl book or short story to read. If the story has been made into a film, watch the film after you have read the book.

To learn more about writing about yourself go to Autobiography.

Speaking about relationships

The big news of September from the Hollywood celebrities was the split of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. This can make us all consider our own relationships.

In a group discuss these questions:

  1. What is your relationship with your family like?
  2. Who do you feel closest to in your family? Explain why.
  3. Do you have a best friend? Describe him or her. When and where d you meet? Why is he/she your best friend?
  4. Do you have a husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend? Describe him or her. When and where did you meet?
  5. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  6. What do you think the secret to a happy marriage is?

To learn more about writing about yourself go to Autobiography.

Speaking about self-reliance

Discuss the topic of self-reliance with a partner.

  1. What is self-reliance?
  2. How can you become self-reliant?
  3. Do you agree that it takes “time and hard work”?
  4. What are the 3 steps mentioned in the film trailer about becoming self-reliant?
  5. Are you self-reliant when it comes to your study and learning?
  6. What are your strengths in the way you study and learn?
  7. What areas can you improve in being more self-reliant?

To learn more about writing about yourself go to Autobiography.