Use this to check comprehension, as a free-writing activity, or to develop into larger writing projects.
In the journal, there are 8 writing prompts--one for roughly every two chapters in The Sorcerer's Stone. The prompts require students to think of themselves as Hogwarts students and describe different aspects of their experiences at school. Plenty of space is provided for students to write, or you can display the prompts on the board and have students use their own paper. There are also focus skills to go with each prompt for students to practice grammar (pronoun and punctuation usage), figurative language, and connotations. With each section is also a list of 4 questions for students to answer. The questions help them think deeper about the narrative and why the author makes the choices she does.
This can be as straight-forward or creative as you want to make it. With my students, we were very interactive. I made Hogwarts letters and wands for them, gave them gold coins from Gringotts, and held a Sorting Ceremony. We had a blast!
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