Multiple Text Assignment Lindsey La Barge FRMS 7331 Early Adolescent Literature Dr. Michelle Reidel November 11, 2008
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The problems faced by a student who comes from a different background and their struggle to find their place within the school… no matter what kind of school it is.
This is a great example of when Hollywood takes literature and stretches or completely changes its events so that it fits better on the screen.
This book would be an entertaining way to teach about foreshadowing.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Movie
Date released: 2005
Director: Mike Newell
Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe
The book is a very long one, so it should be assigned to be read at home. Then the movie can be shown in class and the students should make a list of the similarities and differences between the book and the movie. They should also have to write a short essay on how the book shows what a student has to do to find their place in a school when they are new and different than the majority of the other students.
This webquest is pretty great. There are some obvious spelling errors, but the topics are good. There is a great exercise on foreshadowing.
The foreshadowing exercise could help the students with their reading skills and also with their cognitive development. The more they learn to think ahead, the better off they will be.
A great way to incorporate this webquest is to have the students keep a reader’s journal while they are reading the book and assign the task of completing 3 or 4 of the webquest activities. Then they can write about their reactions and what they learned.
While they are reading the book at home they should be required to write about their reactions to what they have read every night. This includes putting the page number that they stopped at and foreshadowing about what they think will happen next.
This article is a very interesting read. It is not something that I would share in my classroom, but it does show that the Harry Potter series, if properly advertised, is a great way to get students interested in reading and academia.
It is very interesting that some of our Ivy League colleges use the Harry Potter series as supplemental text in literature, theology and even history classes.
One of the interviewees says that the Harry Potter series should not be viewed as a “fabulous set of deep writing that it deserves to be in the Western canon.” I think that she is correct, but there is much that is offered by this series and we should use it to stimulate learning in our classrooms.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is an excellent book to use as a stepping stone into harder to read literature such as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Canterbury Tales .
The beginning of the semester, maybe the first two weeks, could be used to cover Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and an introduction into British or Classic literature pieces that have one large adventure within them.
The Canterbury Tales could be read in class as the students read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at home. Both books are about a series of adventures and can fit very well together.
A great end of the series project would be to create a small piece of fiction combining the two pieces of literature into their own story and therefore helping the students with their writing skills. They can make their own “pilgrimage” and their own characters based on the characters from the two pieces of literature.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a great introduction not only to British Literature, but also to mythology.
A great assignment at the beginning of the semester would be to read the Sorting Hat Song in chapter 12 (pg. 176 – 177) of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and have the students write an essay about what house they belong in and why. This is a great way to learn the strengths and weaknesses of your students.
Gryffindor: “the bravest were prized far beyond the rest”
Ravenclaw: “the cleverest would always be the best”
Hufflepuff: “ hard workers were most worthy of admission”
Slytherin: “power-hungry Slytherin loved those of great ambition”
Chaucer, Geoffrey. (2003). The Canterbury Tales . Penguin Group Incorporated: New York.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire . Retrieved October 20, 2008 from http://docweb.khk.be/Jen%20Van%20Loock/Harry%20Potter%20(Kim)/Harry%20Potter%20and%20the%20goblet%20of%20fire.htm
Lee, Patrick. (March 25, 2008). Pottermania lives on in college classrooms . Retrieved on October 20, 2008 from http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/03/25/cnnu.potter/index.html
Rowling, J.K. (2000). Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire . Arthur A. Levine Books: New York.
Tolkein, J.R.R. (1998). The Lord of the Rings Trilogy . Houghton Mifflin Company: New York.