What if my child hasn't read the book (or seen the tv show/film) which inspired the class?
Theme classes pull inspiration from material popular with young people. However, detailed knowledge of the source material is not needed to have the best time! In theme classes, the source material is a framework to launch new stories devised by the class. For example, in a Hogwarts class, students are invited to imagine new characters or scenarios:
"If you could make a poition that gave you a special ability for a short time, what would it be?"
"There's a brand new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor this summer. What's their name and what is their back story?"
Children who haven't read the books or seen the films can bring fresh eyes to the topic and infuse original ideas into the group work.
Spoilers are possible. Although accessible to students with varying experience with the theme, young people who are fans of the topic will enjoy discussing it. We encourage students not to reveal spoilers, but a young person who's read the sixth "Dog Man" graphic novel may not be able to contain themselves!