Author Study - J. K. Rowling

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Author Study - J. K. Rowling

Joanne "K" Rowling

Author Joanne Rowling books:(1997) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(1998) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(1999) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(2000) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2001) Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them -Quidditch Through the Ages -Conversations with J.K. Rowling(2003) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(2005) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince(2007) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2009) Glow in the Dark (2012) The Casual Vacancy (2013) The Cuckoo's Calling

Known as J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith through her creative writing, Joanne is the extraordinary author of the worldwide teen crazed series, Harry Potter. Amazingly, Joanne has sold over 400 million books and was declared, in 2004, as the first self-made billionaire author in US history, shown in the Forbes Magazine. Joanne has acquired many successes through her books, which are all page turners that has had millions of people imploring about the relatable character, Harry Potter. Her exquisite word selection and remarkable storylines are only a few of the strategies she uses to intice her readers. Although Joanne has made a profound image for herself in the world of children's lterature, she has endured several harships throughout hef life, including the death of her mother. Through those times, Joanne managed to stay strong and continued to pursue her lifelong aspirations. And at the age of 25, a thought came to Joanne while on the train to London. "Boy doesn't know he's a wizard, goes to wizard school." And just like that, her thoughts began to invade the pages that has created the first book from the Harry Potter's series, Harry Potter and Socerer's Stone. Writing the books came extremely natural to Joanne; she did however, find difficulty finding a company to publish her book; she was denied 12 times before Barry Cunningham (editor for Bloomsbury) allowed his 8 year daughter to read the first chapter of the Sorcerer's Stone. When she insisted to read more, Barry knew that this was something special. Joanne Rowling has blessed millions with an amazing series that has allowed them to excape their personal lives and travel the adventurous journey with the Harry Potter family. Her creative thoughts and fascinating dialgue has carried her through her amazing voyage as the author of the Harry Potter series. Basic Facts About Joanne RowlingBirthdate: July 31, 1965Birth place: Yate, UKSpouse: Niel MurrayChildren: Jessica A. (21), David Murray.(11), and MacKenzie Murray. (9)Sibling: Dianne RowlingParents: Anne Volant Rowling & Peter Rowling***Fun Fact: The K in J.K. Rowling, came from her grandmother Kathleen. She chose to use her initals, so the young male readers did not know she was a woman.*****For more information, check out the links in the bottom right hand corner of this page**

Biography of author Joanne Rowling

10 Mini Lesson Ideas1. Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneTrait: Ideas Mini Lesson Idea: Put out a wrapped gift, pair of socks, fake spider, a motorcycle toy and play the sound of banging dishes (two or three times will be plenty). Have the students create a part of a story using each of these items. Read pages 13 and 14 of the book and have the students compare their stories with the book and their partner. You may or may not tell the students what the sound is. Let their imagination guide them. 2. Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTrait: Organization Mini Lesson Idea: Discuss how the ending of the story should tie everything together. Be sure to state that it should make sense. Show the movie trailer for this book to magnify the importance of excitement. Have the students rewrite the endings to their story, focusing on tying everything together and making it exciting. 3. Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanTrait: Voice Mini Lesson Idea: Copy and pass out the first four sentences of this book to the students. Discuss how voice is very important when writing any writing piece. Have the students choose from a preselected list of emotions and themes and read the first three sentence accordingly. Then play the audio read aloud and have them discuss the voice and tone of the narrator. Students should then read their own writing pieces and make necessary changes to them, so that the voice is more appropriate and clear. 4. Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireTrait: Word Choice Mini Lesson Idea: This mini lesson should definitely follow the lesson on voice. Briefly discuss the voice lesson and how important word choice ties in to that. Now take the first paragraph of the book and have the students choose an emotion/theme, but this time, change the words, so that the emotion is clear. Have the students share with their partners. Have them revise their work, focusing on word choice. 5. Book: The Cuckoo's CallingTrait: Sentence Fluency Mini Lesson Idea: Discuss how sentence fluency is an important attribute of writing. Read the first paragraph of the book and have the students discuss how the words flow. Give examples of bad sentence fluency and have the students correct them to make it flow better.6. Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly HollowsTrait: Conventions Mini Lesson Idea: Discuss how conventions allow the reader to understand the story as well as the messages throughout. Provide the students with unedited pieces of writing (first 3 paragraghs on page 8). Have them correct it (without hearing how it should be read). Once corrected, have the students share with a partner. Have the unedited version of the writing piece on the board and read it, the way it is (without punctuation). Now place the edited piece on the board and read it accordingly. Discuss problems the students had as well as things that helped them find the right punctuation. 7. Book: Harry Potter series (at least 4)Trait: Presentation Mini Lesson Idea: Show the students the covers (at least 4) of the Harry Potter series and choose which one they would like to take home to read. Ask what made them choose that particular book. Describe that the things they named were all a part of the author's presentation. Presentation is what author's use to entice their readers into choosing their books over others. Have them look over previous work they had turned in and edit the presentation, so that it is more appealing. 8. Book: The Cuckoo's CallingTrait: Word Choice Mini Lesson Idea: Describe the importance of word choice and the effects it has on readers. While reading the first page of the book, have the students write down imagery words that help them paint the picture of that particular scene in book. Ask them if the word choice made them feel a certain way. Have them write a short detailed piece about a scenario of your (the teacher's) choice from a variety of perspectives.9. Book: Quidditch Through the AgesTrait: Organization Mini Lesson Idea: Have a brief discussion about organization and how important it is that things happen in a certain order. Provide each group of students with the first three paragraphs of the book, cut out (each piece has entire paragraph). Give the students 3 minutes to put the pieces in the correct order. Read the first3 paragraphs as it is in the book and discuss who got it right/wrong and why. 10. Book: The Tales of Beedle the BardTrait: Ideas Mini Lesson Idea: Discuss the topic and reason for the mini lesson. Read the first two and a half of the intro section of the book. Allow the students to discuss what was read to them. Have the students write their own (short) fairytale as if it they were a magical creature. Be sure that they include their magical ability and the problem that it causes them.

For mor information on J. K. Rowling:-Here is a link to her website: -An amazing interview of J. K. Rowling, given by Oprah:

Reading the Harry Potter series was a wonderful experience. I related to many of the characters' experiences, which I longed for when reading books. I connected with Harry because, I was an outsider in elementary and when reading the books, I began to recollect. Although the theme of the story was extremely different than my normal life, I have had many encounters with witches and wizards that are walking this earth. Many of my classmates made me feel alienated in middle school and I loss a couple of good friends along the way. In the end, I was the one who became fairly popular in high school and the one that most people loved to be around. I found that I was something special all along, I just had to believe in myself. These books opened my eyes to a lot of the problems I had as a child and has assisted me in finding myself. Joanne Rowling is an amazing author. Her books can be used for a plethora of things. Her style of writing is very unique and intriguing that will have students begging for more. Using her UK approach made the books more appealing, because it allows one to read something very different than the average American fantasy book. Her characters are relatable and go through normal teenage dilemmas. By allowing the students to connect with her characters, J.K. Rowling has the love of reading fantasy novels fun, infectious and addictive. J.K. Rowling books are appropriate in a fifth grade (or higher) classroom because it is something that will grab the students' attention. It possess something that makes it seem too dark to be read at school, which is even more appealing. I do feel that it may be too dark for some, so it would not be something I would read aloud entirely. Overall, I do feel that this book can get nonreaders in the spirit to read. It is definitely a series that I will have on my shelf if I taught fifth grade.

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My Selected pieces of J. K's work

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: is the first book of the Harry Potter series. It describes the life of a young boy, named Harry, who finds out (at the age of 12) that he is a wizard through a personally delivered acceptance letter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout the book, Harry and his friends, unveils many of the secrets that the Hogwart school has kept hidden.Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: refers to Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardly. Throughout this sequel, Harry discovers a very dark secret about the school, which he and his friends (Ron and Hermione) works together to solve. Through the exciting events, Harry finds out that he is the chosen heir that is able to unlock the chamber of secrets.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: begins on the night before Harry's thirteenth birthday. When Harry accidentally inflates his Aunt Marge, he runs away only to discover that the Black Sirius is on the loose and is wants to kill him (Harry). Through his third year at Hogwart, Harry learns that Black Sirius is not after him, after all, but a different alumni has devised the plan to kill him. Through many events, Harry learns that Black Sirius is actually his god father. In the end, Black saves Harry and his friends. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: begins with the yearly Triwizard Tournament of the Hogwarts school. When Harry Potter's name was mysteriously put on the signup list, it causes tension between Harry and his best friend, Ron. Throughout the tournament, Ron realizes that Harry told the truth. Harry goes through many identifiable teen dilemmas, such as feeling alienated, denied by his crush, losing a a close friend, etc. Harry ended the tournament tied in first place which caused him to stare death in the face; Harry found that the art teacher was the one who put his name on the list and wanted him to die.


J. K. Rowling Reads from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"


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