Dahl, R., & Blake, Q. (1985). The witches. New York, N.Y.: Puffin Books.
Realistic Fiction/ Grades: 2-5 (elementary)
I must say I was shocked that the little boy was turned into a mouse by the witches. Although the book was told from the little boys perspective, it was his conversations with his grandma that taught us mostly about the witches before he was turned into a mouse of course. That is when the dialogues shifts as to let us in on what witches talk, sound, and even really look like without their disguises! The book was lots of fun and very entertaining.
The Witches was a book written from the perspective of a little boy who discovers witches are real! I love the way this book was written, it was very descriptive, I could literally imagine everything as if I was there. It was an easy read too, I know kids still enjoy this book to this day, even though it was written 33 years ago! This is a great book to read aloud to a class too, as the characters call for distinguishable voices :)I could see me incorporating this book into a read aloud with my class, and even have students help with characters! Recreating scenes from this book would be lots of fun too.
After reading aloud The Witches, my lesson would be for students to create summaries of what they read that day in a journal including one or more direct quotes. Then we would read aloud and see if we all agree with each others summary. After the book is complete we will pick three scenes split the class up into three groups and each group perform a skit summarizing that scene. I could then assess my students on their comprhension with the reading and their performance.
here is a website all about Roald Dahl, students could do research on the author or find other books he has written. There are as well lesson plans, games and activities. There is as well a movie made from the book! Students can watch the movie and find similarities and differences between both plots. The last references goes into the stereotypes of books.