Honors Program


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Spring 4-2018


Punt, K. S. (2018). Lumos Literacy: Utilizing Harry Potter as a Guide for English Language Learners (Honor's thesis). April.


Copyright Kayla Punt 2018


This research paper and project looks at teaching literacy in a 9th grade Standard English classroom with accommodations for high-level English Language Learners through JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It explores three schools of thought surrounding ESL education: transitional bilingual education, developmental bilingual education, and two-way immersion, and then uses this information to guide a full unit plan, complete with assessments, a lesson map for 20 days, and two appendixes of lesson plans. Drawing inspiration from Parker Palmer (1997), Lourdes Ortega (2013), and Kylene Beers (2003), the unit focuses on the engaging elements of Harry Potter that gave the series its fame in order to promote literacy, increase student buy-in, and foster authenticity in the ESL classroom for new and/or struggling readers.