ERIC Number: EJ788923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
The Use of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to Discuss Identity Development With Gifted Adolescents
Frank, Andrew J.; McBee, Matthew T.
Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, v15 n1 p33-39 Fall 2003
This article examines the process of identity development in gifted adolescents and provides a theoretical and research-based explanation of its importance for influencing achievement and quality of life in adulthood. Teachers, counselors, and parents can use "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (Rowling, 1997) as a springboard into discussion of identity issues with adolescents, helping them to understand and successfully negotiate the challenges of this phase of life. The article describes the theoretical rationale for such an approach, outlines some practical issues involved, and closes with a sample lesson plan of a session suitable for gifted middle school students.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Quality of Life, Early Adolescents, Reading Material Selection, Fantasy, Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Lesson Plans, Identification (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Parents; Counselors; Teachers
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