Was Charlie Given the Chocolate Factory Because He DID Good Or Because He WAS Good?

Amy LaLonde, Language Arts, Tuckaseegee Elementary

Final Unit (PDF)  Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)


This unit is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It will start
with identifying character traits in general and those of the children in the story. Then it
moves deeper, looking into why the children behave the way they do. Do they have the
free will to choose their behavior, are their parents to blame, or is it just who they are?
There will be discussions about who has the worst character traits, how the children could
have changed their behavior and what would have happened if they made different
choices. Students will write opinion pieces telling what they think about each character
and which character should have been awarded the chocolate factory. Cause and Effect
relationships will be examined in general and specifically within the text. The students
will also look at the motivation for the behaviors that are exhibited. Motivation is a key
factor that will be discussed. We will look at what motivates people to do or avoid certain
tasks. Students will explore the ideas and theories behind motivation and create their own
personal motivation profile. The standards that are covered come from third grade
language arts, writing, and speaking and listening common core standards.