Let’s enjoy the world of Harry Potter together! We’ll make a book of spells, give the teachers a report card, create artwork of the fantastic beasts, and figure out where the sorting hat would place friends and family. And all the while, we’ll be learning all sorts of things!
Ages: This course is suitable for children ages fourteen through eighteen (roughly ninth through twelfth grade).
Course Dates: This course meets on Mondays at 2:00 pm EST from October 23 – December 11, 2017 .
In this course, learners will read and interact with volume 1 of the Harry Potter Series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We will use a variety of methods to engage our imaginations, connect with and respond to the text, think critically about the themes in the book, and build vocabulary. On-line class sessions will consist of whole-group and small-group conversations in which learners will take responsibility for helping to lead the discussions. Outside of class, learners will be responsible for reading or listening to assigned chapters, completing weekly activities, and preparing for class discussions. I will provide weekly, individualized feedback and an end-of-course summary to each student.
The major difference between this course and its middle school counterpart is the depth to which we examine various literary devices. Class discussions will also be more in depth.
You Choose: Pathways
In order to give wizards-in-training a wide degree of control over their own learning, this course offers two different pathways:
Pathway 1 – O.W.L. (Ordinary Wizarding Level): Participate in class meetings and complete any follow-up activities you choose. You have until the end of the course to submit your work. Students who choose this pathway will receive anecdotal feedback for all work they submit and a summary detailing the topics covered in the course. Letter grades are not offered with this pathway.
Pathway 2 – F.R.O.G (Formal Regimen Offering Grades): This pathway is offered for parents and learners who want a letter grade and certificate of completion for their records/transcripts. Students are expected to participate in class meetings and complete all work by the end of the course. In this pathway, certain activities are required; others are optional. In addition to grades, learners will receive anecdotal feedback about their work, a course summary and a certificate of completion.
- Identifying important events
- Connecting text to other literature and real life
- Critical thinking/analysis
- Vocabulary building
- Overview of literary devices, including 4 main character types, inference, and foreshadowing
- Optional enrichment activities, including: artwork, crafts, cooking, making videos, wand and sorting hat quizzes and more
Week-by-Week Reading Schedule
- Week #1: chapters 1 – 3
- Week #2: chapters 4 – 5
- Week #3: chapters 6 – 7
- Week #4: chapters 8 – 9
- Week #5: chapters 10 – 11
- Week #6 chapters 12 – 13
- Week # 7 chapters 14 – 15
- Week #8 chapters 16 – 17
1 hours per week in class, and an estimated 1 – 2 hours per week independently.