Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban: KWHL Strategy

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J.K. Rowling's world of wizards and magic focuses on some topics that relate to our own society, especially in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Have kids complete a KWHL chart (what they know, what they want to know, how they will learn it, and what they have learned) about capital punishment and the way it is represented with Azkaban prison from the novel.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Fold into a Harry Potter unit, or when discussing the concept of capital punishment
  • Use with reading groups when planning for contemporary literature
  • Combine with other works that focus on prisons and/or capital punishment
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider the subject matter of the lesson; it might be more appropriate for middle or high schoolers
  • Allows kids to discuss real-world topics in the context of fiction
  • A great strategy for any novel
  • Includes a magic square activity (attached)
  • None
Common Core