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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book Discussion: Flexible Schedule

In this 6-week course, students will read and discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling.
Janelle Fila
884 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 5 learners
No live meetings
Over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Week One Chapters One, Two, and Three: Why is Harry having such a horrible time with the Dursleys? Should Harry listen to Dobby's warning? 

Week Two Chapters Four, Five and Six: How does Harry's stay at the Weasley home compare to his time with the Dursleys? What important events does Harry witness in Diagon Alley? Do students believe Ron and Harry were right to take the flying car? How do students feel about the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher?

Week Three Chapters Seven, Eight, and Nine: Which ghost is their favorite? What would students do if they were invited to attend a Deathday party? What voice do students believe Harry is hearing and how important might this be to the overall story?
Week Four Chapters Ten, Eleven, and Twelve: What do the students think about the Chamber of Secrets?  Students will discuss their thoughts and ideas about who might be responsible and how it is happening. Are students as surprised as Harry about what happens at the Dueling Club? Considering what Harry and Ron learned and what happened to Hermione, do students feel drinking the polyjuice potion was successful or a waste of time?

Week Five Chapters Thirteen, Fourteen, and Fifteen: How do the students feel about what Harry learns about Hagrid? What might Hermione have learned after rushing to the library? 

Week Six Chapters Sixteen, Seventeen, and Eighteen: Are students surprised by the turn of events in these chapters? What do students think awaits Harry in the Chamber of Secrets? Where students surprised by who the heir of Slytherin was? Were students satisfied about the overall ending or were they left wanting more? How likely are they to continue to read book three?  
I have an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. During grad school, my 30 page critical essay cited numerous quotes from the Harry Potter series. I felt so fortunate to get to read Harry Potter as part of my education! I want to share that love and passion for Harry Potter to all readers. It is such an immersive world and so much fun to escape to. There is so much to be learned from this series, especially for students who love reading about creative worlds or who have any interest in creative writing. 
Students will read three chapters a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also daily activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, and a Kahoot trivia game to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters. 
The students will need a copy of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have while filling out their worksheets or working on their writing assignment.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Harry Potter is a book about witches, wizards, and witchcraft. This book is a bit darker than the Sorcerer's Stone. The ghosts are important characters and  many students are attacked and nearly killed. There's also reference to a specific insult (Mudblood) that one of the characters calls the other because she is not of pure, magical blood. The target audience for this book is a twelve-year-old. The darker themes might not be appropriate for younger readers. 


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
884 total reviews
724 completed classes

About Me

I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and subject levels. 
This experience taught me that most kids enjoy... 
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