This engaging and informative lesson enables students to understand the key techniques used by J.K Rowling in her story opening of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.' In particular, students comprehend the plot and information in the opening chapter of Harry Potter and analyse what makes the opening effective, before utilising this understanding to compose their own imaginative story opening.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Collectively defining the features of effective story openings;
- Reading the opening to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, identifying the story opening techniques and comprehending the key events and information in the chapter;
- Analysing the effectiveness of each of Rowling's story opening techniques;
- Creating their own engaging story openings, utilising story opening techniques effectively and imaginatively throughout;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- The opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (freely available online);
- Effective Story Openings analysis template;
- Teacher answer sheet;
-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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