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typoqueen Tue 09-Oct-18 13:42:46

DD's year 7 english teacher has set 4 weeks worth of homework, make a Harry Potter quiz, a game, lesson and a 2 page alternative ending to one of the books, problem is she has never read any of the books or watched a film (Harry Potter has been something she has never shown interest in reading or watching), should i explain this to the teacher and ask for alternative homework?

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cheminotte Tue 09-Oct-18 13:43:56

Aren’t they reading it in class?

ProfessorMoody Tue 09-Oct-18 13:45:18

Then she needs to read? It's a simple concept.

Are you going to helicopter if she has to write an article about the destruction of the Amazon rainforests but hasn't been there?

PristineCondition Tue 09-Oct-18 13:45:30

She could read or watch the movies, that would solve the problem

typoqueen Tue 09-Oct-18 13:46:23

They read 1 chapter 2 weeks ago in class but nothing since then x

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AlevelConfusion Tue 09-Oct-18 13:46:59

Er get her to read it or at least watch the first film.

SoupDragon Tue 09-Oct-18 13:48:42

The first book is pretty short so I would encourage her to read that.

It seems odd to make this the homework without reading at least one of the books being part of it though.

JeanPagett Tue 09-Oct-18 13:49:20

I would raise it with the teacher. It sounds like he/she is assuming all the kids have read the series rather than expecting them to go off and read seven books, which would be a pretty unreasonable amount of homework.

It doesn't seem like it would be hard to adapt for your DC to do the same work for any other reasonably well known children's book.

JohnnyKarate Tue 09-Oct-18 13:50:54

Just get her to read the book. She has plenty of years ahead of books she wouldn’t normally read being set as work for English lessons.

Bluesanatomy Tue 09-Oct-18 13:53:06

I wish I had Harry Potter homework when I was in school.
The first book is only short - get her to read it.

Doobydoobeedoo Tue 09-Oct-18 13:54:54

I wouldn't ask for alternative homework.

Borrow a copy of the first book from the library for her and she can do the tasks based on that.

Not having read the later books may even be something of an advantage when it comes to writing the alternative ending. She won't know what comes next so won't feel as constrained as others might.

ProfessorMoody Tue 09-Oct-18 13:57:04

Why pm earth would they have to read all seven?? The first one is fine.

They'll be set other books to do homework about too. That's the whole point of English Lit lessons. You can't just "see the teacher" because she hasn't read something.

The entitlement is unbelievable.

typoqueen Tue 09-Oct-18 13:58:58

Well obviously i know she will now have to read the book, but was just asking if i should inform the teacher she has not read one as yet and with only 3 days notice to complete H/W

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ProfessorMoody Tue 09-Oct-18 14:00:17

No. This is secondary school - the teacher doesn't need to know about something so trivial.

halcyondays Tue 09-Oct-18 14:03:03

It seems strange to set homework on a book unless it's one they've read in class.

cheminotte Tue 09-Oct-18 14:04:27

This sounds very similar to DS’s homework and is pretty flexible.
Eg for the quiz she can choose some ‘facts’ from the first 3 chapters and base it on that:
Harry Potters aunt and uncle are called Jack and June - True or False?

She does need to get on and read it though, you could also get her the audio book - it was our first free one on audible.

HeadsDownThumbsUpEveryone Tue 09-Oct-18 14:04:28

with only 3 days notice to complete H/W

I'm confused you said in you first post it was 4 weeks worth of homework and now she has to do it in only 3 days? I really wouldn't bother the teacher, she is 11 years old surely she doesn't need to even concern you with this problem let alone her teacher. At 11 she is old enough to realise she needs to watch one of the films or read one of the books. It is after all her homework tasks not yours.

The homework sounds perfectly reasonable for Yr7 as regardless of your daughters lack of interest in Harry Potter 99% of the year will have read at least the first few books or watched at least some of the films.

combatbarbie Tue 09-Oct-18 14:04:36

3 days notice.... sod that! I would be telling the teacher tbh. If the homework has been set on assumption that everyone in class has read or seen the film's then that's ridiculous.

My opinion would have been different if it was the book they were studying now but to have read one chapter....not a chance.... unless she's she's supposed to be reading it at home?

typoqueen Tue 09-Oct-18 14:05:39

thank you at last someone who gets my point.

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crrrzy Tue 09-Oct-18 14:07:19

If it's 4 weeks of homework why is it due in 3 days? Get her to talk to the teacher and ask for an extension on the deadline (before it is due) to cover the weekend to give her time to read the first book. Are you sure the teacher didn't expect the book to be read over the past couple of weeks as homework?

typoqueen Tue 09-Oct-18 14:08:11

Headsdown, i printed off the 4 weeks homework that was sent through TODAY first one has to be handed in on FRIDAY and the next 3 fridays

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ProfessorMoody Tue 09-Oct-18 14:08:19

You said 4 weeks of homework confused

JeanPagett Tue 09-Oct-18 14:08:31

It really does sound to me like the teacher is assuming prior knowledge of the series.

I don't think they intend your DD to have to read a book in three days on top of homework from other subjects.

Is it really ridiculously entitled to double check that? It sounds like the exact same homework could be done for literally any book the teacher is familiar with, so it's not like you'd be asking for some huge accommodation.

ProfessorMoody Tue 09-Oct-18 14:09:03

Right, so only one part has to be done by Friday. Perfectly possible. Please don't bother the teacher - how ridiculous.

JeanPagett Tue 09-Oct-18 14:10:45

Plus the first HP book is hardly Shakespeare, it's not like your daughter will be missing out on a vital element of her English education by not reading it.

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