Use the six levels of Bloom' Taxonomy to generate questions for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
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Bloom's begins with lower level thinking and moves to higher levels. The first level is recall, where you just remember on-the-surface facts. An example of a recall question would be: Who is Hagrid? There is one right answer and it is in the text.
The next level is comprehension. It's a little more complex, but the answer is still in the text. An example would be, Why does Harry leave the Dursley house?
The comes application. At this level, you are beginning to move beyond the text. At this point there is still basically one right answer, but you take what you learn in the text and apply it elsewhere. An example: Apply the hero's journey to Harry's first year.
The next level is analysis, where you use evidence from the book to make an argument. For example, you could explain how Harry's school is similar and different to your school.
Analysis is often called taking apart, and synthesis is where you put it back together. An example would be: Create the rules for your own school of magic.
Finally, evaluation is where you make a judgement. This is the most sophisticated level because it requires you to form an opinion. An example would be: Should Harry and Ron have lied about the troll?
Level 1: Knowledge - recall of information:
How old is Harry when the book starts?
Level 2: Comprehension - understanding the information, being able to put it into one's own words:
Why doesn't Harry like living at the Dursleys? (requires reader to take the information and restate it)
Level 3: Application - using a concept in a new situation
What would Hermoine do if Harry asked her to lie to Professor McGonnogal? (requires reader to apply their understanding of Hermoine's character)
Level 4: Analysis - separates the information into organizational parts; understands and applies information be re-explaining
Compare and contrast Harry's life at Hogwarts with his life on Privot Drive.
Compare and contrast Hogwarts with your school.
Level 5: Synthesis - puts parts together to form a whole to create a new meaning
Write a student handbook for new students at Hogwarts.
Level 6: Evaluation - makes a judgment about the value of the material
Is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a useful book for students to read? Why or why not?
I will do the new Bloom's, but there is an old version as well I can do if this one doesn't work.
Recall the names of Harry's two best friends at Hogwarts.
Describe the major conflict Harry and his friends go through in the novel.
Illustrate a timeline of events that led Harry and his friends to understand why Lord Voldemort was seeking the Sorcerer's Stone.
Compare Snape as an antagonist to Voldemort as an antagonist.
Defend Harry's decision to choose Gryffendor house even though the Sorting Hat declared he would be a good Slytherin.
Create an alternate story where Harry chooses to be a Slytherin.
Level 1: Knowledge
How does Hagrid reveal to Harry that he is a wizard?
Why do the Dursleys treat Harry so badly?
What would Harry, Ron, and Hermione do when faced with a life threatening danger?
Level 4: Analysis
What are the similarities and differences between Harry and Draco?
Level 5: Synthesis
Rewrite the climax of the novel if it had been Snape who was aiding Voldemort.
Level 6: Evaluation
Does the first book of the Harry Potter series pose universal themes and moral questions?
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