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English

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

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
223 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
9-13
year olds
1-9
learners per class
per learner

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To begin to understand the novel, and particularly its hero, Digory Kirke.
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.
It would be helpful if students could read the first chapter 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 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)
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students 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 scene discussed in this taster lesson). 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.

Teacher

Dr. Anthony Radice
🇬🇧
Lives in the United Kingdom
Experienced English Teacher (B.A./M.A./Ph.D.) and Home-Schooling Dad
223 total reviews
119 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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