Harry Potter Thursday – Feb. 11, 2016

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Today’s Potter Question: What is your favorite Hagrid moment?

I love Hagrid.  He is so honest and pure.  He certainly wants the best for Harry, Dumbledore, Hogwarts, and the whole wizarding world.  He is a true friend to all creatures.  He is also so funny.

However, my favorite Hagrid moment is when he gets the position of Professor of the Care of Magical Creatures.  I just imagine his big bumbling smile and his desire to share his knowledge with the students.

Also, Robbie Coltrane makes an amazing Hagrid!


What’s your favorite Hagrid moment?  Let’s talk below…..

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Harry Potter Thursday – January 28, 2016

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Today’s Potter Question:  What do you think would be your best subject?  Not necessarily your favorite, but your best.

This is an interesting question – especially as I think about my own journey through school.  I certainly am a Hermione:  someone who studies hard and learns from reading.

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I know it would NOT be:  herbology, magical creatures, flying/broomstick navigation, divination

I would think I would be pretty good at potions or magical history.  Something that requires me to read a lot of things and talk about them.

Kind of boring, but that’s what you get today!


What would be your best subject?  What would be your favorite?  Let’s talk below….

Harry Potter Thursday – January 21, 2016

HPMOTW (2)Welcome back to Harry Potter Thursday!  I took a few weeks off between the semesters, but I thought I’d blog myself right back to it.

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Today’s Potter Question: Would you rather have Potions with Snape or tea with Umbridge?

It is interesting that this question, which has been scheduled for quite a while I think, comes a week after Snape actor Alan Rickman passed away.  There has been much in the Potter-verse about Rickman and he certainly portrayed Snape in a convincing way.

Now, onto the question.  As much as I dislike Snape as a character – I still don’t agree with the “secret hero”/always loved Lily view of him – I would do anything in the world to avoid Umbridge.  Her pink suits and evil “teaching methods” just are horrid.  If there is 1 big baddie in the Wizarding World, it would be Dolores Umbridge.

I guess while I am taking Potions with Snape (okay, maybe after class), I’d try to figure out if he was a good guy or a bad guy.


How about you?  Potions with Snape?  Tea with Umbridge?  Let’s talk below….

Harry Potter Thursday #15

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It is the final Potter question of the semester!  Let’s see what is in store for us today.

Today’s Potter Question:  Would you rather care for a blast ended skrewt or get hit with the slug eating curse?

This is easy.  I’d care for the blast ended skrewt.  It wouldn’t be easy, but Hagrid could teach me how to take care of them (he raised them, you know).  I would never, never want the slug eating curse.  EVER.

Isn’t he cute?

So, hands down, blast ended skrewt care.


Which would you pick?  Let’s talk below…

Top Ten Novel Study Books

It is not actually Tuesday, but this week I am working on posting my Top Ten Lists exploring the 84 books I read this semester.  This post features my…

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Top Ten Novel Study Books

Since I am hoping to work with middle grades readers, I thought I would reflect on the novels I have read and find the 10 I would most want to include in my reading lessons.

1. Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary

This is one of my favorite books from my childhood.  When I teach this book as a novel study, I will be sure to tie in writing lessons.  It would also be really fun to have my students write to their favorite authors.  Maybe some of these authors would even be willing to Skype-visit with us!

2. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

I thought that this book was really interesting and would be great to teach to higher readers.  I would have them look at the imagery and try to incorporate art lessons with the novel.  It would be really fun to have students illustrate their favorite scenes as part of a plot diagram lesson.

3. Nothing But The Truth, by Avi

This is one of the first novels I read this semester and it has left a lasting influence on me.  I would love to teach this novel alongside a civics lesson.  It would be fun to have students even act out portions of this book in a classroom readers theater.

4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick

This book may seem intimidating to some, but the illustrated novel by Brian Selznick would be a fun book to explore with some of my lower readers.  I think they would get a self-esteem boost just from reading something SO large!  I would tie lessons that explore how the illustrations move the story along into teaching this novel.

5.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

The first in the Potter series would be fun to teach.  I could use this novel to teach the steps in the Hero’s Journey or the idea of characterization.  Students could chart how Harry learns who he is in his world.  I would also tie in writing lessons where students write their own hero’s journey story.

6. I Lived on Butterfly Hill, by Marjorie Agosin

I really loved this novel, especially as it explored the culture of the main character.  I would tie in cultural studies into lessons with this novel.  It would be also fun to do cultural and food studies tied in with a Life Skills class.  Everyone likes yummy food!

7. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater

This was a fun and silly book.  I would teach this book as a novel/movie study.  I have not personally seen the Jim Carrey film, but it make for an interesting comparison.  I would also tie in lessons about animals (penguins, of course) and Antarctic explorers.

8. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg

This novel would be an excellent introduction to Renaissance art.  We could look at examples of Michelangelo’s painting and sculptures, while discussing museum curation  It would be very fun to incorporate creation of our own sculptures through integrated art lessons.

9. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

This is a great novel to explore imagination and creating fun and exciting worlds.  I would tie this novel study into narrative writing.  I would have them write a story set into their own world – complete with illustrations!

10. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

I am taking a page from this class and would teach The One and Only Ivan as a Newbery study.  This would be a great way to introduce literary awards, Newbery criteria, and set up our own Mock Newbery.


These are the 10 books I would use for novel studies in my future classroom.  Which books did I leave out?  Are there other lessons I can tie into the novel studies?  Let’s talk below…

Harry Potter Thursday #14

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Today’s Potter Question:  It is a free week, so I pulled a question from next summer.  So, for today…

You can have lunch with 3 characters from the series, Who are they and why?

  1. Obviously Hermione would be my #1.  I love her intelligence and her dogged determination to be the best witch of her age.  She uses her smarts to save the Wizarding World and she does it with class.  Hands down, she’s my favorite.
  2.  McGonagall would be my #2.  Again, she is a witch who is one of the best of her age.  She uses her witchcraft to save the school, help guide young Gryffindors as they grow into adult wizards and witches, and she does it with class and with sass.  I love her!
  3. My final lunch date would be with Dobby.  Dobby is just hilarious, despite the fact he always speaks in third person!  (Of course, this would have to happen before Dobby gives his life to save Harry….but still.)

So, who would you have lunch with?  Let’s talk below….

Harry Potter Thursday #13

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Today’s Potter Question: Rename the books from Hermione’s point of view.

Oh, Hermione.  She is a bookworm who blossomed into a beauty.  Brave. Smart.  Sarcastic.  I love her.  In honor of Ms. Granger, here are my books renamed from her prospective.

Hermione Granger and “It’s levios-ah!”

Hermione Granger and “Don’t wimp out boys!”

Hermione Granger and “A prisoner? Really?”

Hermione Granger and “You should have asked me to the Yule Ball Ronald!”

Hermione Granger and “Free the House Elves”

Hermione Granger and “Will we ever study again?”

Hermione Granger and “Let’s just finish this!”


What do you think?  How would you rename the books from Hermione’s point of view?  Let’s talk below….