Key Skills 23/01/15 6TP
On Thursday, we looked at this problem. You all used your problem solving skills and managed to tackle it (well done). For your key skills this week, I want you to draw up a similar problem for a peer to answer next week. We will be doing them in class on Wednesday so it is imperative that it comes in before, or on Wednesday. You can use the same format or come up with your own.
I suggest that you complete it yourself separately so that you personally know that it works!
Literacy Key Skills
Say you’ve spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand and jellybeans that come in every flavour, including strawberry, curry, grass and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in JK Rowling’s enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In the non-magical human world–the world of “Muggles”–Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is renowned as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he’s quite, yes, altogether different from his aunt, uncle, and spoilt, pig-like cousin Dudley.
A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence: “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”. Of course, Uncle Vernon yells most unpleasantly, “I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!” Soon enough, however, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig … and that’s where the real adventure–humorous, haunting, and suspenseful–begins.
This magical, gripping, brilliant book–a future classic to be sure–will leave children clamouring for a sequel.
This is a WAGOLL of a review.
Your task this week is to write a review of the book you are currently reading. The one above reviews it in a positive light; however, you can go for a more balanced critique of your text, if you want. Still try and do it in a fun interesting way though!
Hopefully you will end up reviewing a text that someone else in the class has read – this could lead to some fantastic classroom discussion!