Overview: Free harry potter lesson plan for high school and middle school. After reading any of the Harry Potter novels, students apply the components of the hero's journey to the characters in the book, and create a presentation to communicate the journey to classmates.
Subject: ELA: Reading: Literature, Speaking & Listening
Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th
Duration: 3 hours
Related Concepts: Hero's Journey, Plot, Character Development, Writer's Craft
Students will be able to:
- Integrate their knowledge of a Harry Potter novel and archetype definitions when assigning archetypes to characters within the novel.
- Synthesize their knowledge about a Harry Potter novel, the hero's journey, and archetypes by creating and delivering a presentation to classmates.
Essential Questions: How do authors construct stories that readers find compelling?
Vocabulary: archetype, hero, journey, quest, resurrection, restitution, mentor, threshold, guardian, herald, trickster
Common Core Standards Addressed:
- ELA: Reading Literature
- RL.7.2, 7.3
- RL.8.2, 8.3
- RL.9-10.3, 5
- ELA: Speaking & Listening
- Art supplies
- Internet access
- Projection system
- Audio equipment
Begin with a video on what makes a hero.
Pause the video after each stage in the Hero's Journey and allow students to identify that stage in their novel. They can work independently, with partners, or in literature groups based on the books they have read.
Some sample responses: Ordinary World=Muggle World; Special World=Wizarding World; Status Quo=the World of the Muggles and the Dursleys; Call to Adventure=Hagrid tells Harry that he's a wizard, etc.
Students fill out a graphic organizer independently to demonstrate their knowledge or the Hero's Journey. If the novels are not complete, students can continue filling out the organizer as they read.
Place images of movie characters/actors from films students are most likely familiar. (Include villains, mentors, heroes, etc. If you have one of each type of archetype around the room, it will serve as a reference point during direct instruction.) Have students choose their favorite ones and stand by them. Students can use post-it notes to explain why they like this character and then share with the other people who also chose him or her.
Students could also engage in a gallery walk with post-it notes where they answer the question: What was this character's purpose in the film? What did they do to help the story line?
Give students labels for the different archetypes and have them go around with a partner and place the label on the character or characters they believe represent the archetype. Have students share why they chose that character for the archetype. Clarify misconceptions, reinforces reasoning, and elaborates on explanations as needed.
Students work independently or with a partner to identify in their novel which characters align with each archetype.
Presentation Planning and Presenting:
(Depending on class or group size and presentation style, this may require two separate sessions.)
Students work independently or with a partner to create a presentation based on the previous sessions with technology or another visual.
- English language learners:
- Assign partners and small groups.
- Provide visual information.
- Lead additional discussions about the new vocabulary.
- Provide audio access to text of Harry Potter.
- Advanced readers:
- Assign the novel as independent reading; have class members note archetypes as they read.
- Allow students to choose more than one Harry Potter novel to read.
Have students writing a book review or newspaper story about the events in the novel.
Write an alternate ending that would fit with the journey and archetypes.
Create a parallel story or myth that follows the same hero journey trajectory.
Encourage class members to add a character to the book that uses the same archetypes discussed in class.
Additional materials to guide your teaching: