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Offline maryama2

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Practicing Compare & Contrast with Harry Potter
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:36:29 PM »
  Since there are so many diverse issues and details embedded in Harry Potter, there are a lot of things it can be compared to. Depending on the size of the class, as well as their level, the teacher can provide themes that the students can write a compare and contrast to, with Harry Potter being the primary text. It would be a good opportunity to practice signalling comparison with: (similarly, likewise, in contrast, however etc.) and to encourage students to write in more complex sentence construction. Having students experiment more complex sentence structure with Harry Potter is good practice before they approach the stage of having to write academic writing.

If the students are more mature and/or are of an advanced level, the teacher can provide them with abstract themes or topics such as: Gender Equality, Feminism, or British Culture, and have students make parallels with a relevant chapter.


If students will not be able to grasp abstract concepts, they can make parallels with more tangible things relating to the genre of fantasy: the attire or witches and wizards, quiddich, butter beer, wands, chocolate frogs, trading cards.

Offline carolinaptc

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Re: Practicing Compare & Contrast with Harry Potter
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2018, 11:40:51 AM »
 ;) ;) I totally agree. I fell like comparing/contrasting is one of the things students tend to struggle more when writing Academic Papers and a good way to start introducing them in this topic and make them practice, is having activities that are not "academic related" where they can express their ideas. For example in Harry Potter, there are plenty of things we could be doing to address this skill, make them compare characters, settings, situations, etc.
This is a good idea to INTRODUCE :)