Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling


Lesson plans and learning activities

Action Is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives
By "becoming" a character in a novel they have read and making lists from that character's perspective, students analyze the character while also enriching their vocabulary. Students gain a deeper understanding of a character by creating charts linking the character's actions with the character's traits. They explore adjectives through a variety of resources. They then use their analysis of the character and their knowledge of adjectives to create descriptive lists of their own three other characters from the novel. The worksheet instructions in the lesson use Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as an example, but this activity is effective with any work of literature in which characterization is important. Designed for grades 6-8; includes links to printable handouts and related sites.

Harry Potter and Greek Mythology
An online, self-grading quiz that helps students see connections.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Four assignments to go with the first novel in the series.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
A variety of activities, including discussion questions, using vivid language, writing poetry, and singing.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Summary, 12 discussion questions, suggested activities.

Harry Potter: Discussion Guide for Books I-IV
This discussion guide from Scholastic features summaries of the plot, theme, conflict, setting and characterization, as well as a number of questions designed to encourage conversation, a book list of other titles with similar issues, and a brief biography of the author.

Harry Potter: Discussion Guide for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
This discussion guide from Scholastic features summaries of the plot, theme, conflict, setting and characterization, as well as a number of questions designed to encourage conversation, a book list of other titles with similar issues, and a brief biography of the author.

Harry Potter Game Show
At this interactive site students can assemble jigsaw puzzles, take a game-show style quiz, send an "owl post" postcard, or participate in other activities, all related to Harry Potter books.

Harry Potter Haiku
This page includes instructions for writing haiku, model poems, and an invitation for students to submit their own creations.

Harry Potter Math Stories
Simple story problems with a Harry Potter theme. Example: "Harry's Nimbus 2000 flies at 60 miles per hour. How far can he fly in 5 hours?"

Lesson Plan for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Ideas for daily lesson plans and post-reading projects.

Literature-based skill building: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone comprehension exercises
Practice with vocabulary, character analysis, close reading, more. Adobe Reader required.

A Magical Animal Encounter
This writing lesson is fashioned after Harry Potter’s encounter with a communicative boa constrictor at the zoo. Inspired by Rowling's original idea, students will be asked to create a three-part story about an original magical animal they think up on their own, using "showing" words instead of "telling" words. Students' stories will describe their meeting with the animal, and they will experience first-hand the magic or power their animal has. This lesson focuses on organization and idea development.

Vocabulary from the novel:

Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of recent use, more.

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