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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 1

October 5, 2010
A student's drawing of the Dursleys family with Dudley saying his favorite new word, "Wont, wont, wont!"

The unusually odd Dursley family.

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.

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