Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #2: Main Idea Quotes

Harry Potter, reading, summer

the boy who lived

Oh, man! It’s been SO fun to reread The Sorcerer’s Stone. I’ve uncovered all kinds of clues that J.K. Rowling dropped in this first book to hint at future events (even the ending of the series!!). These first two chapters made me wonder lots of questions like why Dumbledore would WANT Harry to grow up with the Dursleys and wouldn’t Harry have guessed, hoped, or even just pretended he had magical powers if odd things always seemed to happen around him? I wonder. Did you have any wonderings while reading this past week?

For next week, read Chapters 3 and 4 by Friday, July 3rd. As always, feel free to read ahead. Just don’t spoil anything for your fellow Potterheads!

Also, you have a small assignment to at least think about this week. While you’re reading, find a quote from the text that you think captures the main idea of the chapter. For example, for chapter 1, “The Boy Who Lived,” I would choose this quote: “For a full minute the three of them stood and looked at the little bundle; Hagrid’s shoulders shook, Professor McGonagall blinked furiously, and the twinkling light that usually shone from Dumbledore’s eyes seemed to have gone out” (page 16). I think this quote captures the main idea of the first chapter because we can infer how much Harry Potter means to the wizarding world if these three grown, powerful wizards and witch are so upset. I also love this quote as a writer because J.K. Rowling showed me how devastated they all were without telling me “They were sad.” Show, don’t tell. Right, writers?

See if you can find one quote for chapter 3 and another for chapter 4 and share how you think they capture the main idea of each chapter. Feel free to use this sentence frame:

The quote ____________ (page___) captures the main idea of chapter ___ because ________________________________________________.

You can share your quotes and reasons by commenting on this post OR emailing them to me through your parent’s email address (get permission first!). I wonder if we’ll choose the same quotes–I can’t wait to find out! See you next Friday! Happy reading!

Harry Potter Virtual Book Club Assignment #1: Survey

Harry Potter, reading, summer

Hello, Potterheads (that’s the name to describe someone who LOVES Harry Potter)! I’m SO excited to begin this magical reading journey with you! I looked at the summer calendar to divide the book into reasonable sections (real world use of math!!), so let’s say everyone should read chapters 1 and 2 by next Friday, June 26! Feel free to read ahead if you’re inspired. Just don’t spoil anything for the rest of us if you comment on anything. 🙂 Since this is our first assignment, I’ll keep the work simple: answer the survey questions below:

Feel free to bookmark my site for easy access over the summer or comment below!  See y’all back here soon!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Virtual Book Club

after school activities, announcements, reading, summer

harry potter LEGOS

Anyone who knows me knows that MY most recommended book from the  2015 Battle of the Books list is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (I’m using “philosopher’s stone” instead of sorcerer’s stone for several reasons: I used to live in England and that’s the title they use there, it’s the title in the version linked below, and the author, J.K. Rowling, wrote the book with that title). Anyone who knows me also knows that I resisted reading this magical series for YEARS because I didn’t think I would like it. “Modern fantasy just isn’t my genre,” I used to argue. However, I knew that I would have to read the series eventually to help future students who might read it. So last summer, I finally began the reading journey, and I fell in love with the characters, adventures, and heart.

Are you ready to start this magical series? Let’s read the first book together this summer! There are several ways to get your hands on the book. You can check it out from the Middleboro Public Library, stop by the school offices this summer to borrow the book for free (just return it so others can devour it, too!), or get one at your local thrift shop (they almost always have a copy at Savers, The Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul Society, or Goodwill). Once you have your copy, I recommend reading the book with a friend or listening to the amazing British actor, Stephen Fry, perform as he reads the ENTIRE book aloud on YouTube (the recording is over eight hours long!):

To participate in this book club over the summer, have your parent fill out the form with his/her email address to receive book club news, questions, and activities over the summer!

Happy reading!