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Harry Potter Teaches You to Write

Learn the elements of a story from one of the greatest examples, Harry Potter
Janelle Fila
885 total reviews for this teacher
32 reviews for this class
Completed by 196 learners
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30 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 9 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Week One: Place and time are incredibly important aspects of a story's opening pages because they tell us the physical location and year/era the story takes place. Would Harry Potter be different if it was set in a country other than England? What if the story took place 50 years ago? Or 50 years in the future? Students will also discuss the parts of the story that take place in the past and their importance to Harry's journey. 

Week Two: Setting is such an important part of the Harry Potter series. Would the books be as popular if we didn't dream of attending Hogwarts with the moving staircases, cozy common rooms, and bewitched Great Hall? Students will discuss other favorite locations and descriptions, and determine how settings like Hogsmeade, The Burrow, Grimmauld Place, and the cupboard under the stairs impacted the overall story.                                         

Week Three: The protagonist is the main character. Stories generally only have one main character, but students might make a case for Ron and Hermione to be included as protagonists in theses stories. 

Week Four: The antagonist  is the main villain. Students will talk about Lord Voldemort and Draco Malfoy, and the way Harry combats them both in every single novel. Students are also encouraged to consider other characters who antagonize Harry, like Professor Snape and Barty Crouch, Jr. 
Week Five:  Secondary characters are not less important than main characters! How boring would Harry Potter be without Fred and George Weasley? Students will be encourage to consider how important characters like Dobby and Peeves the Poltergeist are to the overall story. Some characters have minor roles in early books but become incredibly important as the series progresses. 

Week Six: Dialogue. Students will look at some examples of dialogue from the Harry Potter books to review proper construction of dialogue sentences. We will also examine how dialogue is used to move the plot forward through the story.                                                       

Week Seven: Passive voice. Students should write in active voice as  much as possible. They will read examples of both active and passive voice. They will work together to rewrite passive sentences in active voice so that the character does the action in the sentence.                                 

Week Eight: Showing vs. telling. Similar to the previous week, students will read examples of both showing and telling in the text. They will work together to rewrite telling words and sentences to show the characters' action and emotions more clearly.                              

Week Nine: Foreshadowing. J. K. Rowling is a master at dropping hints early in her books (and her series) and having that information come true later in the series in a BIG way! Students will talk about situations where Rowling foretold what was going to happen in her story without giving the surprise away. We will talk about how important those clues are and how disappointing  the story might be without them.                                        
I always have my nose in a book: at the doctor's office, the dinner table, my son's soccer practice. Discussing books that I've read is the most fun! I also believe that reading is the best to teach good writing. Reading (and writing!) engaging literature helps kids build a  broader vocabulary, have better spelling skills, and retain more of what they read and learn, all while having a good time!  Shouldn't that be what learning is all about? 
After each lesson, students are encouraged to submit writing focused on that week's theme (either from a story the students are working on or Harry Potter fan fiction, if they prefer). I will critique submitted work based on spelling, grammar, and an overall view of that week's theme. 
Students should have a familiarity with the Harry Potter universe. I will try to limit discussion to books in the series the students have already read.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The classroom will be discussion style. I will do my best to make sure that all students have the opportunity to participate. They more questions that students ask and the more information that they share helps me to understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Harry Potter is a book about witches, wizards, and witchcraft. We will most likely read from the early books, however, some of the later books have darker themes that may not be appropriate for all age groups. 


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
885 total reviews
731 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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