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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Lesson Plan
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Teachers: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for J. K. Rowling's first novel in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In addition to explicating Rowling's rich and numerous characters, this lesson plan offers guidance for teaching the novel's primary themes, including rebellion and desire. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, what kind of strange things often happened around Harry? His hair was cut and grew back overnight; his sweater shrank all on its own; and he was able to leap onto a chimney.
- What strange occurrence happened in connection with Harry at the reptile house? A snake communicated with him, then the glass front on the snake’s tank vanished, and the snake was able just to slither away.
- What was the difference in the schools Dudley and Harry were going to attend? Dudley was to attend Smeltings, an old private school; Harry was to attend Stonewall High, the local public school.
- What did Hagrid and Harry need to purchase in Diagon Alley? They needed to purchase school supplies for Harry (uniform, books, a wand, a cauldron, a set of phials, a telescope, a set of brass scales, and–optionally–an owl OR a cat OR a toad).
- What was so unusual about the wand Harry got at Ollivander’s in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? The tail feather in Harry’s wand belonged to a phoenix who gave a second tail feather to the wand belonging to Voldemort.
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