Literary Analysis with Harry Potter!


    NEW Course! Harry Potter’s my favorite! That’s what got me reading!” – lots of students in Athena’s classes



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    Literary Analysis with Harry Potter
    InstructorProf. Valerie Frankel
    Content LevelsGrades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Grades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length16 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnTuesdays, 8:00 - 8:50 AM Pacific - 8/13/24 - 12/13/24

    Love Harry Potter? Let’s explore deeper.

    With Professor Valerie, who’s written six books about the series, we’ll explore complex meanings and lore. What parodies appear here of British life and popular genres? What does a close reading of our favorite chapters reveal?

    We’ll be going slowly, concentrating on depth, symbolism and reading skills more than blazing through the series (those who have done so are welcome of course). We can move on to the legends around the American wizarding world and discuss how it was done.

    Note: Of course, this will be an inclusive and welcoming space, where we respect one another and endeavor not to spoil if some of us haven’t read the end.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read about 100 pages a week
    • Answer discussion posts, quizzes, and other activities

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Supplemental readings such as essays and the teacher’s books (optional)
    • Deep dives into Wizarding World lore and fan history
    • Reading techniques to promote literary skills

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • The teacher will lecture and lead discussions on all aspects of Harry Potter’s world.
    • We’ll spend time on close reading techniques to enhance reading and analyzing skills.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th grade level
    • Write paragraphs independently at a solid 5th grade level

    Students should be willing to:

    • Be prepared for the webinar.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.
    • Read and think deeply about the books’ content and impact.

    Required books & materials:

    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (book of the film or film)