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What's All the Fuss About Harry Potter?

Subject: Literature , Ed Technology , Special Ed
Grade: 6-8

Brief Description

Students discuss what makes the Harry Potter books popular and/or controversial, create a questionnaire to learn why Harry Potter fans find the books fascinating, practice online writing skills by sending e-mail messages to friends who are Harry Potter fans, and write a screenplay based on a selected chapter of a Harry Potter book.

Objectives

Students explore what makes a book popular and/or controversial; create questionnaires; send and receive e-mail messages; and write a screenplay.

Key Concepts

Harry Potter, screenplay, Rowling

Materials Needed

Computers with Internet access

Lesson Plan

  • Discuss the Harry Potter books, the reasons the books have become so popular, and the reasons the books are controversial.
  • Based on the classroom discussion, have students generate the following questionnaires:
  • What makes a book interesting?
  • What makes a book popular?
  • What makes a book controversial?
  • Review rules about quotation marks and conventions for writing dialogue.
  • Arrange students in small groups and ask each group to create a screenplay about one chapter in a favorite Potter book.
  • Have groups swap and perform one another's work.

Assessment

A panel of student judges will present Harry Potter Awards for best screenplay adaptation.

Lesson Plan Source

Brenda McPherson-Fry, ([email protected]) Lansdowne, Pennsylvania


As our highlighted lesson, the submitter was awarded a $50 honorarium. See our guidelines to submit yours!

07/20/2000