Middle School Children in RE
Harry and U.U.
This year, grades 4-6 will follow an engaging social justice curriculum based in the Harry Potter series of books. Through a fun Hogwarts theme and "wizarding" activities, the children will be empowered to engage in social justice topics and to initiate and engage in social action projects.
As the young people unite in their own "Dumbledore's Army" they battle several different "horcruxes;" which are deathly obstacles. Such horcruxes as "hunger," "poverty" and "our environment" immerse the children in a sense of justice, and the belief that working together we can make a better world.
Students will have the opportunity to make a difference in their community and the world in a meaningful way through hands- on projects that will also teach them social responsibility. They will also have a wonderful time in the process as they make wands, create potions, practice charms, and encounter magical creatures!
Familiarity with the books is not necessary to join in the fun; relevant readings or video segments will be shared in class.
Though some religious groups have objected to the magical world of the Harry Potter series, this class is inspired by this series which depicts a world in which:
- Kindness and friendship are highly valued
- Courageous people, guided by their hearts, strive for their ideals
- Young people embark on a "hero's quest" and grow the wisdom of their spirits
- Good triumphs over evil
- A sense of wonder, awe and magic lies at the heart of life itself
Author J.K. Rawlings is a practicing Christian and incorporates elements of Christianity in her writing. New Testament quotes were written on the tombstones of two characters in the final book. The first quote is from Matthew, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." The second is from 1 Corinthians, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." These themes are central to much of Christianity, and can be seen clearly in the message of the Harry Potter story.
Let the magic begin!