I have always enjoyed Harry Potter and I decided to use the it in my reading group to use it to discuss but also to weave myths into their backgrounds. Initially I was a little apprehensive because of all the fall out on the series but I felt strongly that my group would enjoy it and it would be an excellent book for them to delve deeper into.
When I introduced the book to the group, all but two had already read it, but all were enthusiastic to read it. I brought my books on tape (I told you I have enjoyed the series!!) and we listened to Jim Dale’s wonderful narration of chapter one to kick it off wit h the hope to inspire the group to reading out loud with more expression in the near future.
We also went through a list of words that may be unfamiliar to these scholars. Although they are all great readers, just because they can read the word doesn’t mean they understand what it means. I explained if they didn’t know what a word means, they won’t get the full meaning of the words. We also talked about J.K. Rowling choice of words. I loved “chortled” describing Mr. Dursley’s reaction to Dudley. She could have just used laughed but she used this great word “chortling”. I want my scholars to start looking at words that way. Many words say the same thing, some just capture it with more color!
The following is the worksheet I made and the scholars enjoyed (imagine my surprise) doing it!! Let me know what you think. I’ll add the other chapter reviews as I do them.