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Harry Potter Study Guides, Lesson Plans, and Critical Perspectives for the Classroom


Harry Potter Study Guides on CD:

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone : A Unit Plan
by Marion B. Hoffman
CD-ROM: 201 pages
List price $19.95

Complete lesson plan from Teacher's Pet includes introduction to the unit, unit objectives, reading assignments, unit outline, study questions (short answer), study/quiz questions (multiple choice), vocabulary worksheets, daily lessons planned, related nonfiction reading assignment, oral reading evaluation, biographical info about the author, detailed writing assignments (inform, persuade, personal opinion), vocabulary review games & activities, unit review games & activities, group activity assignment, discussion questions on all levels (factual, critical, interpretive, personal response), 2 short answer unit tests, 2 multiple choice unit tests, 1 advanced short answer unit test, unit and vocabulary crossword puzzles, unit and vocabulary extra worksheets & games, bulletin board ideas, ready-to-copy student materials, answer keys, and more! Priced at $19.95, comes on CD-ROM.

Literature Guide: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Grades 4-8)
Paperback: 16 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.25 x 10.50 x 8.25
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; (August 1, 2000)
ASIN: 043921114X
Includes a colorful teaching poster and engaging activities. A complete guide to teaching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Includes an author biography, background information, summaries, thought-provoking discussion questions, as well as creative, cross-curricular activities and reproducible hand-outs that motivate students. Out-of-print, but available used. Other study guides in this series include:

Harry Potter Literature Guide:
Goblet of Fire (Grades 4-8)
Harry Potter Literature Guide:
The Sorcerer's Stone (Grades 4-8)


What's a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?
In What’s a Christian to Do with Harry Potter?, you’ll explore the valid concerns some Christians have about the series, sort out the fact and fiction at the center of the debate, discover biblical answers that may surprise you, and learn how you can tap into this powerful cultural phenomenon to help advance the kingdom of God.


Also see: The Gospel According to Harry Potter: Spirituality in the Stories of the World's Most Famous Seeker It has a companion Leader's Book for someone leading a Christian discussion group about Harry Potter using the Gospel According to Harry Potter.


Analysis of Harry Potter Books for Teachers:

Harry Potter's World: Multidisciplinary Critical Perspectives
by Elizabeth E. Heilman (Editor)
Hardcover, 304 pages
ISBN: 0415933749

Book Description: The Harry Potter books have become ubiquitous early texts for children, and are also a popular choice for many adults. Potter-mania has expanded to become a significant cultural phenomenon complete with a feature film and a wide range of paraphernalia. However, there has been little critical attention devoted to these books and the cultural phenomenon surrounding them. Containing powerful, thought-provoking literary themes as well as portrayals of social and cultural normalcy, the Potter books cumulatively serve as a powerful form of social text and deserve serious critical attention. Elizabeth Heilman brings together scholars from various disciplines to provide literary, cultural, sociological, and psychological examinations of the Harry Potter books as both cultural product and social text.
Covering many facets of the Harry Potter series and Potter-mania, this collection begins with a cultural analysis of marketing hype and product spin-offs. Literary and interpretive perspectives consider Harry as a romantic hero and review the books for their capacity to contain elements of every genre. Critical and sociological theorists explore how the Potter books present gender, race, class, school, family and citizenship. By providing numerous perspectives on the Harry Potter series, the contributors provide teachers, administrators, critical theorists and those interested in cultural studies with a variety of ways to read these popular texts.

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide - Unauthorized
Paperback: 96 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.27 x 7.44 x 5.31
Publisher: Continuum Pub Group; (October 2001)
ISBN: 0826452329

This book is part of a series of guides to contemporary novels. Gives readers and educators accessible and informative introductions to some of the most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic provides a thorough and readable analysis.
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(Also, see complete list of Reader's Guides for Contemporary Books from Continuum Contemporaries)

The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon
by Lana A. Whited (Editor)
Hardcover, 408 pages
List price $34.95

Teachers, Stay One Step Ahead of Your Students with Harry Potter:

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts

(Review from Anyone who has read the Harry Potter books is aware that author J.K. Rowling infuses her stories with references to mythology, literature, history, and legends. Even if you don't know exactly what a manticore or a griffin is, it's likely that many readers have at least a vague sense of the existence of these creatures in ancient lore. Inspired by Rowling's suggestion to a young fan to "go and look it up," author David Colbert did quite a bit of investigation himself. The result is the fun, entertaining, and enlightening Magical Worlds of Harry Potter.

From alchemy to hippogriffs to veela, Colbert explores the fascinating meanings between the lines and buried within the names of characters and places in all the Harry Potter books. Chapter headings include such intriguing questions as "Have Witches Always Flown on Broomsticks?" "Why Would Chocolate Help After Escaping a Dementor?" and "Are Any of the Famous Witches and Wizards Real?" A small purple tab in the margin of the first page of each chapter guides readers looking for specific subjects: Divination, Goblins, McGonogall, Owls, Voldemort, Wands, etc. Curious readers will learn the link between Hagrid's pet dog, Fluffy, and the mythological Greek sentry to Hades, Cerberus. And they'll get a taste of scholar Joseph Campbell's theories on heroism, with Harry as the hero, of course.

The true magic of this book is that it will surely inspire Harry Potter fans to delve deeper into the various areas it explores. Readers will soon be clamoring for collections of Greek, Japanese, Indian, and Egyptian mythology, as well as copies of The Sword in the Stone, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Canterbury Tales, and Treasure Island to discover the sources of their favorite Harry Potter books. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter. Learn more...

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