Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The first chapter of Harry Potter introduces the reader to a minor character that does not appear to have a significant role in the text. Through a conversation with this minor character (the muggle Prime Minister), however, much is conveyed to the reader about the dangerous and tumultuous state of affairs that the wizarding community is in.
The objective of this lesson is to examine the importance and means of setting the tone at the beginning of the novel.
1. Journal Writing: Start the class off with a focusing exercise. Have students write for five minutes in response to the following prompt: "What do you describe as the tone of Chapter one? What three things help to create that tone?" Collect their responses.
2. Class Discussion: Introduce the author, novel, and history of Harry Potter in order to make sure the class is on the same page...
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