This engaging and informative lesson enables students to understand how the lead protagonist of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry himself) develops as a character throughout the narrative. In doing so, students learn the key structural features of the ‘Bildungsroman’ genre, and apply these to the different stages of development that Harry experiences. They then go on to design their own Bildungsroman storyboards!
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Comprehending how Harry is initially introduced to the reader;
- Reading extracts from Chapters 2, 10 and 17 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, identifying how Harry’s character develops;
- Analysing how the story fits the structure of a Bildungsroman novel, and tracking Harry’s development through the stages;
- Creating a storyboard for their own Bildungsroman novel;
- Self assessing their learning attempts.
- Whole lesson 30 slide PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Collated paper extracts of Chapters 2, 10, 17 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone;
- Harry’s development tracking template;
- Create your own Bildungsroman novel storyboard template; -Comprehensive lesson plan. All resources are provided in Word (for easy editing) and PDF (to ensure formatting remains fixed between different computers).
There are also opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with year 7/8 classes, however colleagues have used them for between years 3 and 10 with some adaptations.
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