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					Caitlin Roberts

July 14, 2010

Author Study

                              Into The Magical World of JK Rowling

        The author that I choose to write and create lesson plans about is JK Rowling. The reason
why I chose to research JK Rowling is because she is an amazing and creative writer. Her work
is extremely popular and known throughout the world. Another reason why I choose to research
and write a lesson about her is because she is very influential to history. Her writing will live on
forever just like Stephen King’s writings. It may not be Shakespeare, but it will be remember just
the same.

       Growing up I didn’t like to read books I found books hard to read and not fun. It wasn’t
until my English teacher handed me a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that I feel in
love with writing. JK Rowling creative literature took me to another world, and I was able to
escape into my own world. My mother was really excited when she saw me reading because she
knew how much I struggled with reading. In teaching my students JK Rowling’s I’d want my
students to enjoy reading and see how she was influenced through her life.

          The intended grade that I would do the author study with would be fifth grade. I think
that by using this in fifth grade students are able to relate to it and understand it better. The time
period I would teach the author study would be around October because her writing has to deal
with magic, wizardry, a dragon, as well as other mythical creatures. These are great ideas for
costumes for children.

         JK Rowling’s was born in England July 1965, a few years later her sister was born and
thus started a great relationship between the two. Just like sisters the two fought constantly and
to this day her younger sister still has a scar above her eyebrow from a battery that was thrown at
her face. My personal belief is that this is how she developed the scar on Harry Potter forehead.
Starting when she was young she started writing and telling stories. Sometimes she would sit on
her sister to tell her the story. Every now and then they would act out the stories.

        Around 1987 she graduated from college with a French and classics degree. She worked
in multiple jobs in London. By 1990 she decided to move in with her current boyfriend in
Manchester. While riding on a train back to London she came up with the idea for Harry Potter.
She didn’t have anything to write with and she didn’t want to ask anyone so she sat on a four
hour train ride back to London thinking of ideas for the story.

        Once she got home that night she started writing it. After moving in with her boyfriend
her novel started to grow. On December 30th 1990 her mother died which changed her and Harry
Potter’s life forever. From losing her mother she was now able to know how Harry Potter felt
and was able to put the same emotion into the writing and the characters. Nine months later she
left everything and took her manuscript to Portugal. She spent a lot of time writing and in the
mean time she met a man and got married. Things didn’t turn out to well and she left with her
novel and her first child.

        Around 1994 she couldn’t find time to write between teaching, lesson planning, and
taking care of her daughter. Any free time she would go to a café and write. In no time she was
able to get through three chapters. Her first time sending her three chapters they were rejected
and sent back to her. About a year later she got a call from a publisher saying that they loved her
chapters and want more. Finally in August 1996 her book was published. Since then she’s been
writing more to the series and along the way had two more children.

        JK Rowling book has been sent to about 200 territories and has been written in 69
languages. Since her first book she has won many awards and has had many honors. These
awards and honors are OBE in 2001, in France she got the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in
2009. In Spain 2003 she won the Prince of Asturias for Concord. She also won the Edinburgh
Award in 2008. She got multiple Honorary Degrees in 2008.From the college of Dublin into
2008 she won the James Joyce Awards and in 1999 she was the author of the year. Another one
of her achievements was the lifetime achievement award in 2008. As well as the W H Smith
Fiction Award in 2004. Her other two awards were the outstanding achievement award in 2008
and the Blue Peter Gold Badge in 2007. This shows how great of a writer she really is, and how
much she is known throughout.

       -    Rowling, JK. (n.d.). J.k rowlings official websites. Retrieved from
            http://www.jkrowling.com/en/

Guiding Questions:

      What influenced JK Rowling’s books?
      How does her life influence the characters in her book?
      Where did JK Rowling’s grow up and how did this influence her writing?

Websites:

Rowling, JK. (n.d.). J.k rowlings official websites. Retrieved from http://www.jkrowling.com/en/

This website is great because JK Rowling is the one who wrote it. You can get a lot of facts and
information about her books and her life. One of the great things is that there are questions that
many people have asked her and she has posted them to her site.

http://www.showbizspy.com/article/57235/jk-rowling-speaks-out-about-the-depression-
that-inspired-her-to-write-harry-potter-books.html
This website has the explanation on why she wrote the book and her replies to what was going
on in her life at the time.
                           Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997)
                           A boy named Harry whose parents were killed by a man named
                           Voldemort. He also tried to kill Harry, but was unsuccessful.
                           Harry is left on the doorstep of his uncle’s house when he was a
                           baby where he was treated miserably as he grew up. One day
                           mysterious letters began arriving for Harry. These were admission
                           letters to Hogwarts. Harry meets Ron and Hermione and they get
                           put into the Gryffindor house. Harry soon finds out that Voldemort
                           is trying to steal the Sorcerer’s Stone, so he has decided that he
                           needs to find the stone before Voldemort can get his hands onto it.




Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
It’s Harry’s second year of school at Hogwarts. Ron and Harry are
unable to enter the invisible train platform so they fly the
Weasley’s car to school. As the school year continues people are
being petrified. Harry finds out that he can speak parseltongue to
snakes, which terrifies the other students. Hagrid tells Harry that
if he follows the spiders in the Forbidden Forest he can find out
about the chamber of secret. Harry then goes into the chamber and
finds Ginny and Tom Riddle. Harry kills the basilisk and using its
fang to destroy Tom.




                               Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
                               Starts out on the night of Harry’s 13th birthday. On the way
                               back to Hogwarts Harry overhears Ron’s parents talking about
                               how Sirius Black is after Harry. Dementors come to Hogwarts
                               in search of Sirius. The story ends with Harry and Hermione
                               rescuing Sirius and sending him away to freedom on
                               Buckbeak’s back.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
Begins with how the Riddle family was mysteriously killed 50
years before the present day. Harry is asked to go to the Quidditch
World Cup with the Weasleys. Harry is chosen by the goblet to
compete in the triwizard tournament. In the mist of the tournament
Harry founds out that Lord Voldemort is very much alive.




                              Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
                              Harry goes into his fifth year at Hogwarts and starts out
                              depressed because people think that he is making up Voldemort
                              being alive. He thinks his life is horrible so he starts pushing
                              people away. The administration changes and everything goes
                              down in a spiral. Soon everyone will see the truth.




Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
With the war still going between Voldemort and Harry Potter
things are not looking all that great as Dumbledore is still
missing. Even with everything still going on classes still must
be in session and Harry digs far to find out what made
Voldemort the way that he is.
                            Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
                            Final book of the series and it comes down to good vs. evil. Harry
                            and his friends have to face Voldemort. Every turn of events is
                            something new and leads you down a new path. Does Harry defeat
                            evil once and for all?




Lesson Plan 1

1A. Sunshine State Standards:                 1B. Goal 3 Standards

LA.5.2.1.4 - The student will identify an     Standard 1 - Information Managers
author's theme, and use details from the      Florida students locate, comprehend, interpret,
text to explain how the author developed      evaluate, maintain, and apply information,
that theme;                                   concepts, and ideas found in literature, the arts,
                                              symbols, recordings, video and other
                                              graphic displays, and computer files in order to
                                              perform tasks and/or for enjoyment.

2. Objectives (behavior, content, condition and criteria)

Students will:

   The learner will be able to interpret and understand the Author
   The leaner will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the author by completing a
    worksheet
   The learner will be able to apply the knowledge they have learned by sharing with a partner.
3. Assessment & Evaluation (related to language needs and its impact on academic performance)



Initial

I would have the students write a small paragraph to see what they know about JK Rowling.

Informal

While the students are writing the notes I will ask questions and I will go around and check on
their work.

Formal

After the notes they would fill out a worksheet




4. Introduction to Lesson:                   5. Materials

I would start the lesson out by having the           44 pieces of paper for the students
student watch the trailer for Harry Potter           22 pencils for the students
then have the students write a small                 PowerPoint for the teacher
paragraph about what they know about JK              22 plus 10 extra worksheet for the students
Rowlings                                             Over head projector
                                                      A stack of note cards for the students



6. Technology Integration

PowerPoint for the teacher. Plus also multimedia for the trailer of Harry Potter
7. Teacher Presentation or Facilitation: (includes reviews and practice)

      Once the students got done writing their essay we would go over it with the class
      I would have the students put it in their warm-up journals
      We would then start on the PowerPoint of JK Rowling
      I would walk around the room and ask questions and see if everyone was on task.
      After the PowerPoint I would have my paper passers pass out the worksheet
      There would be about 15 questions on the worksheet about the author and they could use
       their notes and their shoulder partner.
      I would give them about 15 minutes to work on it before going over it.
      Once we got done going over it I would have them pass it to my paper collectors.
      I would then have my paper passers pass out note cards to everyone
      I would have the students write one fact of JK Rowling that they learned.



8. Differentiated Instruction   (ESOL - Special Education - Diverse Learners)

For my ESOL students I would have the notes printed for them that way they can go back to
them. In the help of working on a work sheet they would have someone with them to help them
as well as their shoulder partner. For the slow learners I would have the notes they can come to
me and get. Also I would make sure and wait for them to catch up with everyone else before
moving on. Also to make it concrete for those students I would have the work sheets and the exit
cards. For my ADD and ADHD I would have them participate and they would be my paper
passers a lot of the time that way they aren’t sitting there the whole time. Plus if I saw that my
class was antsy I would have them stand up and shake things out.

Follow-up Reflection (completed after the lesson has been taught)



Content: What should I teach          Students: Who still needs support with this content?
next or reteach?



Lesson Plan 2

1A. Sunshine State Standards:                   1B. Goal 3 Standards

LA.5.2.1.5- The student will demonstrate        Standard 4 - Creative and Critical Thinkers
an understanding of a literary selection, and   Florida students use creative thinking skills to
depending on the selection, include             generate new ideas, make the best decision,
evidence from the text, personal experience, recognize and solve problems through reasoning,
and comparison to other text/media;          interpret symbolic data, and develop
                                             efficient techniques for lifelong learning.

2. Objectives (behavior, content, condition and criteria)

Students will:

   The learner will be able to compare and contrast JK Rowling style of writing to C.S. Lewis
    style
 The learner will communicate their ideas to the class
 The learner will be able to stay on task
3. Assessment & Evaluation (related to language needs and its impact on academic performance)



Initial

We would go over as a class what they learned the day before

Informal

Sharing with the class what they said was the difference or the same between C.S. Lewis and JK
Rowings

Formal

Their Venn diagram.


4. Introduction to Lesson:                     5. Materials

In a class discussion we would talk about             22 pieces of computer paper for the
what we learned yesterday.                             students
                                                      22 pencils for the students to write with
                                                      22 pieces of paper for the students to take
                                                       notes with
                                                      22 Samples of JK Rowling writing
                                                      22 Samples of C.S. Lewis writing
                                                      A white board
                                                      The PowerPoint
                                                      A dry erase marker
6. Technology Integration

A PowerPoint of JK Rowling works and style of writing.




7. Teacher Presentation or Facilitation: (includes reviews and practice)

      We would first go through a PowerPoint of her writing styles and the books that she has
       written with a summary of them.
      After we finished the powerpoint I would have my paper passers pass out the two articles.
       One of C.S. Lewis and the other on JK Rowling.
      I would pass out the computer paper and have them draw a Venn diagram and compare
       and contrast C.S. Lewis and JK Rowling
      After 15 minutes of the students working on it I would go over it as a class and write it up
       on the white board
      After they finish that my paper passers would collect it and pass out note cards to
       everyone.
      They would write down any questions that they have about what we have been learning



8. Differentiated Instruction   (ESOL - Special Education - Diverse Learners)

For my ESOL students I would have the notes printed for them that way they can go back to
them. In the help of working on a work sheet they would have someone with them to help they as
well as I would be around for them to ask. For the physically challenged students there wouldn’t
be much moving around so they would be able to do the whole lesson. For the slow learners I
would have the notes they can come to me and get. Also I would make sure and wait for them to
catch up with everyone else before moving on. Also to make it concrete for those students I
would have them do a compare and contrast and the exit cards. For my ADD and ADHD I would
have them participate and they would be my paper passers a lot of the time that way they aren’t
sitting there the whole time. Plus if I saw that my class was antsy I would have them stand up
and shake things out.

Follow-up Reflection (completed after the lesson has been taught)



Content: What should I teach next      Students: Who still needs support with this content?
or reteach?
Lesson plan 3

1A. Sunshine State Standards:                 1B. Goal 3 Standards

LA.5.2.1.6- The student will write a book     Standard 2 - Effective Communicators
report, review, or critique that identifies   Florida students communicate in English and other
the main idea, character(s), setting,         languages using information, concepts,
sequence of events, conflict, crisis, and     prose, symbols, reports, audio and video
resolution;                                   recordings, speeches, graphic displays, and
                                              computer-based programs

2. Objectives (behavior, content, condition and criteria)

Students will:

 The learner will demonstrate how to create a story
 The learner will connect parts of their lives with others
 The learner will pay attention and not waste time
3. Assessment & Evaluation (related to language needs and its impact on academic performance)



Initial

I would see if they were able to answer some of their classmates answers

Informal

Walking around the room while they are writing and while they are sharing

Formal

The students writing a short story.

4. Introduction to Lesson:                    5. Materials

I would start off by going through the               22 pieces of paper for their notes
questions that they had yesterday and                22 pieces of paper to write their stories on
answering them                                       A PowerPoint
                                                     22 note cards
                                                     White board
                                                     Dry erase marker
                                                     Make sure the topic if on the white board
6. Technology Integration

PowerPoint




7. Teacher Presentation or Facilitation: (includes reviews and practice)

      Start a short PowerPoint of JK Rowling reasons for writing
      I would have my students take notes
      I would walk around to make sure they were on task
      Once done I would have my students pull out another sheet of paper and write a quick
       story of something that happened in their life only using characters and not themselves.
      I would give them 3 minutes to think about it then I would give them about 7 minutes to
       write
      I would call time and ask the students to talk to get into groups
       - They should be in groups already but if there is a group that doesn’t have enough
            people I would put them in another group.
      The students would read their stories to their group and then decied which is the better
       story.
      I would have one person from each of the groups read their story to the class
      Once we are done going around the room I would have them either work on a new story
       if they wanted to or add more to the one they were working on
      I would collect them and hand the paper passers the note cards to everyone
       - The topic would be what was your favorite part
8. Differentiated Instruction   (ESOL - Special Education - Diverse Learners)

For my ESOL students I would have the notes printed for them that way they can go back to
them. In the help of working on their story they would have someone with them to help they as
well as I would be around for them to ask. For the physically challenged students there wouldn’t
be much moving around so they would be able to do the whole lesson. For the slow learners I
would have the notes they can come to me and get. Also I would make sure and wait for them to
catch up with everyone else before moving on. Also to make it concrete for those students I
would have them write about their life using characters to tell their stories as well as exit cards.
For my ADD and ADHD I would have them participate and they would be my paper passers a
lot of the time that way they aren’t sitting there the whole time. Plus if I saw that my class was
antsy I would have them stand up and shake things out.


Follow-up Reflection (completed after the lesson has been taught)



Content: What should I teach next      Students: Who still needs support with this content?
or reteach?



Product Assessment:

The student will make a book jacket with pictures, quotes, and facts of JK Rowling on the cover
and the back of her life and work. On the right inside flap there would be a brief biography on
her and on the left flap a review of one of her books. Somewhere on the back cover would be the
website or any citation they used to find the information and quotes

Work Cited

Rowling, JK. (n.d.). J.k rowlings official websites. Retrieved from http://www.jkrowling.com/en/

Jk rowling speaks out about the depression that inspired her to write harry potter . (2007,
       December 7). Retrieved from http://www.showbizspy.com/article/57235/jk-rowling-
       speaks-out-about-the-depression-that-inspired-her-to-write-harry-potter-books.html

FEAP Reflection

       Before I even use this lesson I would first start by communicating with the parents of my
students and tell them what I would be doing. I wouldn’t want my parents to be upset that I am
teaching their child about Harry Potter. I would explain to the parents that I wouldn’t necessary
be teaching them about Harry Potter but I would be telling their children about the author and
that we wouldn’t be reading any of his books together as a class. I feel that by letting the parents
know that I am keeping the line of communication open with them. Just because this is Harry
Potter I would communicate with my students that even though this is fun I would expect them to
learn and pay attention.

         In the mist of my class communicating ideas I would make sure that the lesson facilitated
critical thinking. A lot of the lesson that I created for the mini unit I would have them solve
problems, dilemmas, and ask questions in the lesson. In the unit project I would have them
gather information and solve problems in order to be able to work on the project.

         Overall I feel that this lesson taught me how to incorporate a author into the lesson and
the purpose of doing. It also taught me a lot about JK Rowling life and let me understand her
writing. I don’t think that Harry Potter should be taught in school but when you look at it your
telling them about an author it opens up a whole other world.

        You’re introducing to them a different type of writer that everyone is going to remember
for years to come. JK Rowling is going to be one of those authors everyone knows and I think is
at some period of time introduced to the classrooms. I do not see anything wrong with talking
about her as an author in a classroom.

				
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