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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a wonderful book to engage young readers. However, while the way author J.K. Rowling uses and invents words can be exciting to us as readers, for some students, it can be very difficult to navigate this language. The Harry Potter Vocabulary Sorting Activity is meant to help student interact with the words directly and categorize the words based roughly on three categories of words – difficult vocabulary, British words or slang, and invented, magical words. Of course, students can also choose to create their own separate categories.
The file you downloaded includes four versions of this activity in order to help with differentiation.
• Harry Potter Word Sort - Envelope Words and Suggested Categories
• Harry Potter Word Sort - Envelope Words
• Harry Potter Word Sort - Word Bank Version and Suggested Categories
• Harry Potter Word Sort - Word Bank Version
As the title of each document suggests, each have a combination of worksheets with or without Word Banks and with or without the categories already labeled. The last document, “Harry Potter Word Sort – Word List,” is the complete list of words spaced so that you can cut them out so that students can more easily manipulate them and move them into categories.
Please note, this resource is designed specifically for a 6th grade English Language Arts class, but could easily be used from upper elementary school into early high school. I designed this lesson with English Language Learners in mind to help them figure out some of the different kinds of words that they encounter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.