Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

October 16, 2015

It’s time to head back to Hogwarts!

I’m excited to announce that the third unit in our Harry Potter unit series, based upon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I had so much fun writing this unit – it’s always a pleasure to return to Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter.

IMAG2133Buckle up, because this is an exciting year at Hogwarts! There’s a murderer on the loose, and he’s after Harry Potter! While the school tightens security, Harry has to learn to deal with fear, dementors, a new, mysterious Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and new information about his family’s past.

In this unit, like the units preceding it, you’ll continue your Magical Terms and Spells Glossary, Magical Devices Guide and Weekly Prophet, but you’ll also be adding in a Travel Guide to the Wizarding World, noting all the interesting places a new young witch or wizard might want (or need) to visit. As always, there are copywork/dictation passages taken from the novel, as well as vocabulary and discussion questions.

This year’s Hogwarts course is Care of Magical Creatures! Much like the characters in the 2015-10-16 13.23.45story, you’ll be learning about mythical beasts, as well as mythology and origin stories. Using Children’s Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters and The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings your child will be creating their very own Monster Book of Monsters – similar to the one in the story (only much less dangerous!).

The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban unit study will take approximately 4 weeks to complete and is appropriate for upper-elementary and up. The PDF file is 55 pages and includes a full schedule, project ideas, and 17 activity pages.

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Required Books:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Care of Magical Creatures:

Children’s Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters by DK
The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings by Brenda Rosen

Harry Potter Unit Study Frequently Asked Questions:
Do we have to start with the Sorcerer’s Stone unit study, or can we jump in at any of the books?

Yes and no. While these unit studies are semi-standalone if they had to be, they are designed to be completed in the order that the book series ran. Like the storyline in the books, the unit studies continue to build off of each other as they progress. You will start several activities such as keeping a glossary of magical terms and spells or creating a field guide of magical devices, to name a few. These will be used through the unit study series and new activities and additional entries will be completed in the subsequent lesson plans.

If we already read the book, do we have to read it again to complete the unit study?

The unit study is designed to enhance the reading (or re-reading) of the book. While you are going through the chapters, vocabulary words are pulled out and activities are performed that correlate with what you are reading. This is the perfect unit to complete on your first reading of the book, as well as a perfect companion for reading the book again and diving deeper into the lore and story.

Are you planning on writing unit studies for all of the Harry Potter books?

Yes, absolutely! See each below:

HP1 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Unit Study
HP2 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Unit Study
HP3 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Unit Study
HP4 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Unit Study
HP5 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Unit Study
HP6 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Unit Study
HP7 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Unit Study

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