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Matilda - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

Matilda is one of Ronald Dahl's most popular books and one of my favorites! The Lexile level is 840L. In this first chapter, Dahl writes "The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with
Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village." I would read this aloud to my students, show them a map, and point out the continents on the map. I would divide my students into 7 groups and assign them a different continent. Each group finds a book set in their continent and reads it together. They are then instructed to write a book review, answering questions like "How can you tell the story is set here?" and "What is the best part of this story?" I would use this in a 4th grade classroom.