What book did you choose from the list? (Many students chose “Robinson Crusoe”. I wonder why? Maybe it is a textbook in some other class…;0)
Reading and translating chapter 8. Today, I used a slightly different technique. I asked questions about the text. These were not just comprehension questions, but questions designed to help students become more familiar with English by hearing many repetitions of the same words and phrases. What did you think of this? Send me an email or leave a comment here on the blog.
Answering the study guide questions for chapters 8-9.
Some comments or questions raised about the presentations:
Why does the Christian church say magic is bad?
Digory is a protagonist, but doesn’t he also do some things which cause problems for himself and the other protagonists?
Why is Aslan “kind”? What does he value?
Why do Polly and Digory and Uncle Andrew change?
Because they recognize that there is a higher power than themselves.
For Digory, that is first his mother, then Aslan (Aslan and Aslan’s wish is more important than Digory’s mother; Digory accepts this).
For Polly, she also realizes that Aslan and what he represents is more important than her own desires or fears.
Uncle Andrew does not understand what Aslan is but he realizes that Aslan’s power is much greater than his own and that he cannot compete against it. He is devastated by the unforeseen consequences of his actions and his interest in magic. He gives it up and becomes a more humble person.
Queen Jadis understands what Aslan is, but she rejects him. She never changes. She chooses power rather than accept Aslan’s superiority, even though it means death not life.
The Golden Rule is “Do as you would be done by”: do to others as you would have them do to you. This is aChristian precept, but it is also found in many other cultures and religions. That is why it is called the “Golden” rule. It is a moral principle.
Aslan uses magic. So what is the difference between Aslan’s magic and the magic of Jadis and Uncle Andrew?
Values. C.S. Lewis understood that values are very important. Science without clear moral values can become a terrible evil.
Two important values expressed in C.S. Lewis’ books are
recognition of and love (respect) for life
recognition of and love (respect) for God, the Creator of all things.
Study Guide, Chapters 6-7, questions 1-5. We checked the answers to these questions.
Homework. For November 26th.
Read chapters 8 and 9.
Answer the study guide questions for chapters 8 and 9.
A row of town houses in London. Digory and Polly may have lived in one of these. Can you imagine the tunnel under the roof, connecting all the houses in a row?
Perhaps Digory’s penknife looked like this. He used his penknife to cut a mark in the grass so that they could remember which pool to take to go home.
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Read the Book of Genesis in the Bible, chapters 1, 2 and 3. This tells the story of the creation of our world.
(Study Guide, page 8, question #2) Read the passages from the Bible and answer the question in Japanese in one paragraph, and write your answer on the class blog as a comment. Deadline: Wednesday, October 13th, 18:00.
(Study Guide) Look up the words on page 9. Test next week.
(Study Guide) p. 11-12. Translate the quotations 1-5 into Japanese.
(Study Guide) p. 13. Translate the questions 1-6 and answer the questions 3-6 (write your answers directly on the Study Guide).