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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Read the text below carefully and answer the questions underneath. 




There wasn’t even enough money to buy proper food for them all. The only meals they could afford were bread and margarine for breakfast, boiled potatoes and cabbage for lunch, and cabbage soup for supper. Sundays were a bit better. They all looked forward to Sundays because then, although they had exactly the same, everyone was allowed a second helping.


Charlie hadn’t moved. He hadn’t even unwrapped the Golden Ticket from around the chocolate. He was standing very still, holding it tightly with both hands while the crowd pushed and shouted all around him. He felt quite dizzy. There was a peculiar floating sensation coming over him, as though he were floating up in the air like a balloon. His feet didn’t seem to be touching the ground at all. He could hear his heart thumping away somewhere loudly in his throat.



  1. What three meals did the family have each day?
  2. If you had to have three meals every day, what would you eat? Why?
  3. Why was Sunday a bit better than the other days?
  4. What do you think the author (Roald Dahl) wants us to feel at this point in the story?
  5. Why do you think he wants us to feel this way at the beginning of the book?
  6. Why do you think 'Charlie hadn't moved'? 
  7. Complete the following tasks depending on your reading group:
    Roald Dahl - Write the opening sentence to the next paragraph.
    Dr. Seuss - Write a paragraph explaining how Charlie feels.
    J.K Rowling - Write a paragraph explaining how Charlie feels.
    Jacqueline Wilson - Pretend you are the author, write the next paragraph; including direct speech, adverbs, adjectives and fronted adverbials.
    Michael Rosen - Pretend you are the author, write the next paragraph; including direct speech, adverbs, adjectives and fronted adverbials..