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Middle School Literature: A Journey to Narnia

A Journey to Narnia: Middle School Literature 

Pre-Requisites:
Able to do homework which will consist of reading approximately 50 pages of literature a week.
In addition, students will be required to keep a reading log and write a brief weekly journal entry regarding the portion
they have read.
Students are required to participate in weekly Socratic discussions of literature they have read.
At the end of each book, students will prepare a project to share with the class. 


Join us this year as we travel into the land of Narnia and the world of literary analysis, reading and analyzing the 7 books of

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
Students may have read these books before, but as CS Lewis himself said:

“I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

And:

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

Even if your child has read them, re-reading a great book is like visiting an old friend, and hopefully, we will help them look at these books from a new viewpoint as we discuss and learn together.

“In reading great literature, I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like a night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see... I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” C.S. Lewis

Literature gives us new eyes to see the world, and to experience the lives of others.

This class will use methods of literary analysis and Socratic discussion to help students learn to think critically about the books they read and how to learn from experiences of the heroes and villains they come to know through their pages.

All works of fiction possess common components, including the five elements of fiction: Setting, Theme, Plot, Characters and Conflict. Learning these elements will give students the ability to analyze any work of fiction and gain a deeper understanding of the books they read, preparing a foundation for high school and college.

Students will learn these elements and practice literary analysis using simple children’s stories, short stories and selected poems, then applying them through conversations about the books we read, answering questions from the Socratic List to guide our discussions. We will also discuss the rich Christian allegory contained in each of these books, and the truths we can glean from them and apply to our own lives.

Topics covered will include:

Context & Authorship
Literary Structure & Style
Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Denouement, Plot and Conflict
Setting
Character
Theme
Classic Literary Devices

Simile, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration, allegory etc. Socratic Discussions

Teacher: Robyn Holcomb

Time:  10:30-11:25 am

Price:  $320 for the year