At first Honor wasn't so excited about Joy jumping into his idea, but the thought of enjoying the movies and discussions with big sis won him over. He may not readily admit it, but he really admires Joy. There ought to be ample opportunity for them to watch the movies together, and of course we'll have to add some Hogwarts recipes and fun activities. This will be Honor's first "Official" literary analysis course, and having big sis to bounce ideas around will be a blast. He'll see. ;)
Harry Potter's Bookshelf has ten chapters that will serve as ten distinct units of study. Some have richer reading lists than others. Chapter 2 will be all DVD for Honor, and chapter 10 only has one easier fairy tale to read. Knowing those together will take less than a month, we have approximately a month for each of the other units. Here's a sampling of what we'll be doing.
Chapter 1 - detective stories and the Dickens orphan
- classic detective stories like Agatha Christie, Poe, Sherlock, Hammet (Maltese Falcon), Dorothy Sayers
- A Child's Machiavelli - This one is not mentioned by Granger, but the name Machiavelli is thrown around enough that a basic familiarity will be helpful.
- Oliver Twist (DVD), David Copperfield (Honor), Great Expectations (Joy)
- this unit will likely go over the one month mark, we could easily sub DVDs to get all the characters in
- Pride and Prejudice - DVD for both (Joy has already read it)
- Emma- DVD for Honor, book for Joy (Maybe adding Clueless for comparison?)
- Mansfield Park - DVD (maybe book for Joy)
- Famous Five by Blyton
- Tom Brown's School Days by Hughes
- plenty more recommendations if Honor wants to go further
- Joy will just read Tom Brown and fill this month with other Brit lit
- Bronte - Joy will read, Honor will watch DVDs
- Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde for Honor
- Dracula DVD (the Stoker story)
- Rime of the Ancient Mariner audio book
- maybe Castle of Otranto
- more Poe read aloud
- newer "monster" movies, if you can call sparkly, misunderstood vampires real monsters...
- read Wizard of Oz, Tempest, and such
- DVD heavy otherwise
- The Eyre Affair for Joy
- there are so many good, worthwhile examples this one is hard to whittle down to a month!
- Honor: Canterbury Tales retelling (McCaughrean), Alice in Wonderland, Animal Farm, Huck Finn (probably DVD), George Cruikshanks cartoons
- Joy: Watership Down, select parts of Canterbury Tales, Erewhon, Cruikshanks cartoons, 1984
- Honor: Pilgrim's Progress retelling,
- Joy: Brother's Karamazov, Idylls of the King
- Everyman play
- Frances Hodgson Burnett (DVD probably, to give more time to Nesbit)
- a chapter from Unlocking Harry Potter
- Dante retelling (familiarity of Odysseus and Aeneas could go here, but we have that covered already)
- Shakespeare, several plays, Shakespeare Stories I and II by Leon Garfield for Honor, some originals for Joy, a DVD play for both
- The Chymical Wedding for Joy
- Tale of Two Cities if there's time
- Elizabeth Goudge
- The Last Battle by Lewis can just be discussed, both kids know it well
They're both excited, and I can't wait! I want to start reading down this list myself. :)
To prepare myself to teach this course I've read Harry Potter's Bookshelf and all seven Harry Potter stories obviously. I have Unlocking Harry Potter (Granger), Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts, and Looking for God in Harry Potter (Granger) on my personal reading list. There are so many interesting looking books out there about HP that it's hard to decide which ones!