Narnia Book Club: 'The Magician's Nephew' by C. S. Lewis
In this eight week course, we will enjoy and appreciate 'The Magician's Nephew', which is part of the perennially popular series of fiction for young people, 'The Chronicles of Narnia'.
Dr. Anthony Radice
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Completed by 17 learners
learners per class
$15 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
55 minutes per class
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C. S. Lewis' friend and fellow writer, Roger Lancelyn Green, asked him how a lamppost ended up in the middle of a wood in 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. This was the starting point for 'The Magician's Nephew', which gives a fascinating insight into how the travels between Narnia and our world began, and even how Narnia itself came into existence. In this eight-week course, we will enjoy and appreciate Lewis' exciting and inspiring storytelling skills through a mixture of class...
Students will gain an excellent overall understanding of the novel and a particularly detailed grasp of how Digory Kirke develops as a character.
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.
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 Kenneth Branagh, which you can find on Audible here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Magicians-Nephew-The-Chronicles-of-Narnia-Book-6-Audiobook/B004EEWWZ4 (UK) https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Magicians-Nephew-Audiobook/B002V0JTCW (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: Chapter Thirteen. Before the eighth class: Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen.
1 file available upon enrollmentStudents 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.
Students will have the option of submitting written work if they wish to receive feedback. Informal oral assessment will also take place in class.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
There are some frightening and violent scenes in the novel. The first encounter with Uncle Andrew is a frightening moment. There are several scenes where Jadis assaults other characters (although she never succeeds in killing any of them). 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. Any religious material will be included for the purpose of promoting cultural and literary appreciation of the novel, not for the purpose of proselytising.
Dr. Anthony Radice
Experienced English Teacher (B.A./M.A./Ph.D.) and Home-Schooling Dad
🇬🇧Lives in the United Kingdom
303 total reviews
130 completed classes
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...