'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe': Introducing C. S. Lewis' Narnian Classic
This one-time class introduces students to this great classic and to the ways we will enjoy and appreciate it together in my eight-week course on the novel.
Dr. Anthony Radice
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C. S. Lewis' enduring and perennially popular classic, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' has proven for generations that people still love fairy tales, by which I mean stories set in other worlds that have a deep significance for our own. The novel's enthralling storyline, with its great themes of courage and sacrifice, continues to inspire young people more than seventy years after it was published in 1950. In this one-time class, we will being to enjoy and appreciate Lewis' exciting...
To begin to understand the novel, and particularly its heroes, the four Pevensie children.
I have three university degrees in literature - that's why I get to call myself 'Dr' Radice. I've also taught literature for more than thirteen years in schools, to classes ranging from age nine to eighteen.
It would be helpful if students could read the first two chapters of the novel before this class, although this is not essential. 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: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Lion-the-Witch-and-the-Wardrobe-The-Chronicles-of-Narnia-Audiobook/B004EEZ27O (UK) https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Lion-the-Witch-and-the-Wardrobe-Audiobook/B002V1NHJ2 (USA)
1 file available upon enrollmentStudents are provided with a sample of my guide to the text, which includes extracts, writing activities and quiz questions. If they wish to read the first two chapters before class, they will also need to purchase a copy of the text itself. 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 maybe some time outside of class.
There are some frightening and violent scenes in the novel as a whole (although not in the passage on which we focus in this taster lesson). 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.
Dr. Anthony Radice
Experienced English Teacher (B.A./M.A./Ph.D.) and Home-Schooling Dad
🇬🇧Lives in the United Kingdom
273 total reviews
128 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...