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The Teacher Feature: Mr. Jamerson Recommends Author Roald Dahl and 4B’s Favorite Reads of 2012

Jamerson 003This week’s teacher feature focues on 4B’s Mr. Jamerson and his love of a particular author’s works.  Mr. J. highly recommends Roald Dahl’s books and stories.  Check out what Mr. Jamerson has to say about this terrific author:

Roald Dahl was a British novelist and has been one of my favorite authors since I was a kid. When I was in 2nd grade, my teacher read James and the Giant Peach to my class. It is an amazing story of a boy who escapes his evil Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker to go on a magical journey (with giant insects) inside of a giant peach! It was the first time I had ever heard such a strange story in which a child was able to solve problems that grown ups could not.

Most of Mr. Dahl’s writings work that way:

Strange Story + Strange Characters + Brave Kid = A Roald Dahl book!

And a Book that Students Love!

Mr. Dahl has a gift for writing books that contain lots of figurative language. His use of metaphors, similes, and alliterations allow him to paint beautiful pictures with words. Here’s an example of Mr. Dahl’s use of metaphor:

In James and the Giant Peach, Aunt Sponge is described as a

“…soggy, over-boiled cabbage.”

Mr. Jamerson and his class intently read their selections by the fabulous Roald Dahl during independent reading time.
Mr. Jamerson and his class intently read their selections by the fabulous Roald Dahl during independent reading time.

Mr. Dahl has written many other classic children’s books such as Danny the Champion of the World, Matilda, The BFG, and my personal favorite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Sadly Mr. Dahl is no longer with us, but his legacy and creativity lives on through his wonderful stories. So if you ever want to escape reality, in favor of a walk through a strange world, give Roald Dahl a try!

To find out more about Roald Dahl visit www.roalddahl.com .

Mr. Jamerson’s enthusiasm for Roald Dahl and reading in general has ignited a passion for reading among his students.  His entire class has been busy reading this past semester.  In fact, 100% of Mr. Jamerson’s students achieved their AR points goal for the 2nd quarter while maintaining an average of 88% as a class on their AR quizzes.  So not only were they doing a lot of reading, they were reading well!  Some of Mr. Jamerson’s students have read several of Mr. Dahl’s books, and James and the Giant Peach made 4B’s Book Love: 4B’s Favorite Reads of 2012. Check out more of 4B’s favorite reads of 2012 in the video below: