'The Magician's Nephew' by C. S. Lewis: Enjoy a Classic Tale of Narnia.

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'.
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Completed by 7 learners

55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time
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Tue Jun 21

Jun 21 - Aug 9 (8 weeks)
6am - 6:55am

Tue Jul 26

Jul 26 - Sep 13 (8 weeks)
10:05am - 11am

Wed Nov 16

Nov 16, 2022 - Jan 11, 2023 (8 weeks)
3pm - 3:55pm

Wed Nov 23

Nov 23, 2022 - Jan 18, 2023 (8 weeks)
10am - 10:55am

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Class Experience

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 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.
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
Lives in the United Kingdom
Experienced English Teacher (B.A./M.A./Ph.D.) and Home-Schooling Dad
135 total reviews
98 completed classes

About Me

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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