This engaging and informative lesson enables students to understand the key features of effective villains, as characterised by Lord Voldemort in J.K Rowling’s 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In particular, students key character traits of Voldemort evident in Chapter 17 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (e.g. lack of empathy, hideous appearance, links to the hero, and a clear goal/objective), before utilising this understanding to create and describe their own effective villains.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Comprehending Voldemort's role in the novel leading up to the Chapter 17;
- Collectively defining the features of effective villains;
- Reading Chapter 17 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, identifying and explaining his characterisation as a villain;
- Analysing the effectiveness of each of Rowling's techniques in creating the image of an effective villain;
- Creating and describing their own imaginative villains, utilising the features of villains effectively and imaginatively throughout;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Paper extract of Chapter 17 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (freely available online);
- Lord Voldemort analysis template;
- Create Your Own Villain 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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