You may be wondering why I created this WebQuest the way I did. I created it to pair parts of Harry Potter with World War II. This not only allows students to gain a better understanding of World War II, but it also allows students to read Harry Potter and gain knowledge of literary techniques such as symbolism. This is a great lesson to discuss with the History Department as well. Once the students begin to cover World War II in history, you will better be able to implement Harry Potter, thus allowing the students to gain a better understanding of both the book and the event.
This WebQuest is designed for 9th-12th grade. I do not recommend it for the younger grades due to the heavy work load of this lesson. Students should have an understanding of the Harry Potter Universe as well as World War II. I suggest watching the movie for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and reading the book for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but you can implement the material however you see fit. They will also need an understanding of World War II, which is why I suggest talking to the History Department and seeing when they will be going over that war.
The standards this WebQuest completes are:
NCTE: 3, 7, 8
If you are viewing the movie and reading the book then you will need to have the movie at hand, a television, and books for the class. You may also want to add more class time for research if it fits in with your schedule. If there are not many computers present, you may print off the instructions of this WebQuest for your students and give them the URL in which they can view the Quest at home to make use of the resources. You can either present this WebQuest using a DocCam with the printed version or use a projector that is hooked up to your computer.
Thank you very much for using this WebQuest! Enjoy!