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Novel Writing Club (Preteen Authors)

Narnia Book Club: 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C. S. Lewis

Dr. Anthony Radice
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(374)
In this eight week course, we will enjoy and appreciate one of the greatest and most popular works of fiction for young people.

Class experience

Students will gain an excellent overall understanding of the novel and a particularly detailed grasp of how Lewis deals with themes of treachery, justice and repentance through the character of Edmund Pevensie.
I have three university degrees in literature - that's why I get to call myself 'Doctor' Radice. I've also taught literature for more than thirteen years in schools, to classes ranging from age nine to eighteen.
Homework Offered
Chapters are set for reading between classes, and before the first class. Students can do this either by reading on their own, by listening to a parent read the novel, or by listening to an audiobook. I recommend the unabridged audiobook read by Michael York, which you can find on Audible here: (UK) (USA) The homework reading schedule is as follows: Pre-course reading (before the first class): Chapters One and Two. Before the second class: Chapters Three and Four. Before the third class: Chapters Five and Six. Before the fourth class: Chapters Seven and Eight. Before the fifth class: Chapters Nine and Ten. Before the sixth class: Chapters Eleven and Twelve. Before the seventh class: Chapters Thirteen to Fifteen. Before the eighth class: Chapters Sixteen and Seventeen.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will have the option of submitting written work if they wish to receive feedback. Informal oral assessment will also take place in class.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students are provided with a guide to the text, which includes extracts, writing activities and quiz questions. They should also purchase a copy of the text itself for their reading homework. Other than this, they only need pen and paper.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There are some frightening and violent scenes in the novel. The children's lives are threatened on several occasions. There is a scene where Peter fights and slays a wolf who is trying to kill his sisters. Aslan's death on the Stone Table, surrounded by evil creatures, is a particularly frightening moment. There is a battle scene at the end. However, there is no detailed or gory description of the violence, as the novel is intended for young readers.

Note that, as with most classic literature, this text has a religious dimension, which needs to be explained as cultural context for the novel to be understood properly, just as it would be if one were studying Dickens or Shakespeare.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(374)
I am an English teacher and an English enthusiast - that’s why I spent so long studying English at university! I have three English degrees from two top British universities (Manchester and Leeds) and more than thirteen years of school teaching... 
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for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(11)
Completed by 46 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 9-13
4-9 learners per class

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