Harry Potter Comprehension Activities

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Brooke Hill Comprehension activities for Harry Potter.

Inferring main Idea: ü Students will write articles for the Daily Prophet, the newspaper in Harry Potter. Students will write two articles. One will be about an event that did happen in Harry Potter 4, and the other article will be about an imaginary event that could happen in Harry Potter. Students will read the headline from other articles and predict what the main idea will be in that article. They will then read the article and use the main idea hat to decide upon the main idea of this article. (see attached example of main idea hat) The students will first do the articles that are written about actual events in the story. It will be easier for them to do it with the fantasy article if they first get to perform the task on something they are familiar with.

Students can then publish two issues of the Daily Prophet. They will have to decide where to place the articles. They can gain interpersonal experience by working together as a group to complete this task.

Story Detail: ü Students will each be given a character from the book. They will have to write a list of words describing the characters personality, fears. strengths, appearance, personal background, and relationship with Harry. Students will create their own character to put into the book. They will have to write a list of words describing the new characters personality, fears. strengths, appearance, personal background, and relationship with another character in the book.. The students will then write up a page with their character in the story. They will use as many detailed words to make their character come "alive", as is done in the book. The students will want the readers of their page to be able to come up with words that describe the character the way the students intended. This will help them to understand the importance of paying attention to details in reading. The students will also create pictures of their characters using various forms of media.

Predicting Events: ü Students will write a page predicting what would be in the next chapter after the last chapter in Harry Potter 4. Students will use skills learned in other activities to incorporate main idea, details, and sequence of events. Students will share parts of their stories with eth class and the class will then predict what they think will happen next. Students will then finish reading their story to the class. They will discuss differences in predictions made by them and their classmates.

I want to teach my unit lesson on Harry Potter 4 to a group of children with the ability to read with comprehension. I want to teach this to students who can write complete sentences and paragraphs with a 80% level of ability. I would have said fifth grade before I went to Furley and saw the ability level of the fifth grade there. I want to do this in a classroom setting with whole blocks for Language Arts.