The Hitchhiker by Roald Dahl - Short Story Unit Slides, Assignments, Activities

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The Hitchhiker by Roald Dahl Short Story Unit - You can introduce students to this short story by Roald Dahl with these ready-to-use short story resources. With an abundance of lessons and activities, you will have your choice of what to teach and your students will be engaged. The unit includes author biography, vocabulary, reading questions, notes on figurative language as well as setting, mood, theme, and slang (among others), and writing activities including descriptive writing, a link to the video version, and more!

Included In The Hitchhiker Short Story Unit Resource:
➡️ The Hitchhiker PowerPoint Presentation: Use this 35-slide presentation to guide you through all elements of the lesson (author biography, discussion, analysis notes, activities, and much more). You can use the entire unit, or pick and choose what works best for you and your students.

➡️ The Hitchhiker Activities And Assignments:
  • Figurative Language Sort: Students will sort quote cards from the story to reveal a mystery question (answer key included).
  • Reading Questions: Students will dive deeper into literary elements by answering questions to show their understanding of characterization, theme, and foreshadowing (answer key included). Dialogue & Diction Analysis: Students examine quotes from each of the three characters and determine how the diction and dialogue reveal character (answer key included). Slang Vocabulary Activity: Students will examine the slang terms used in the story, infer their meaning using context clues, and indicate more modern slang terms used for these words today (answer key included). Postcard Writing: Students take on the role of the driver or the hitchhiker and send the other character a postcard after they part ways. Wanted Poster Project: Students imagine that the police are hot on the hitchhiker's tail after the story and are posting wanted posters. Students must use their understanding of the character and text evidence from the story to create their poster.
  • Pickpocket Police Report: Students create a police report for the hitchhiker where they imagine that he has been caught after the story ends. They will include a description of the subject, evidence, witness testimonies, and more.
  • Descriptive Writing Activity: Students use the description of the driver's car as inspiration to write about their own treasured item.

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