I’m teaching characterization in Matilda by Roald Dahl. I will focus on the theme of kindness by examining the varied character traits of Matilda, her parents, Miss Trunchbull, and Miss Honey. I would introduce the conversation surrounding Seneca and kindness in the middle of the novel, after students have a grasp on the traits of each character. This conversation can spark a debate about whether every human deserves kindness, and whether Matilda’s mischievous actions toward others were right.
Level: Elementary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: British literature
Author: Tiffany Heitman