C.S. Lewis Summer Book Club A: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Calling all 5th to 9th graders! Join us for sessions of C.S. Lewis book reading from The Chronicles of Narnia series. Session A will read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Session B will read Prince Caspian. These books will change students’ lives and, in the meantime, teach them how to read with delight,
depth, and skill, as well as prepare them to write well. There are no required assignments only that you come and participate with delight and joy in reading and discussion in community.
The goal of these sessions is to help students develop the following habits:
• Taking notes in their books (annotation)
• Orally telling back the story
• Creating their own questions
• Keeping notes book-wide on the great ideas that animate the book
• Engaging with questions that stimulate discussion about thematic material
• Answering different types of questions, such as reading questions, which develop close-reading skills
• Answering life questions that apply the material
• Memorizing important quotations (optional)
• Writing a strong essay at book’s end like a persuasive or comparison essay(optional)
Student Expectations: Summer reading aims to cultivate a communal love and exploration of story, reading, and journaling. Class time will sometimes be spent reading aloud as a group, as well as sharing each student’s reflections and musings from their reading journal.
Students will be encouraged to keep a three-ring binder/reading journal with the following tabs:
• Musings (contemplative journaling)
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Peter Belfry has a range of teaching and tutoring experience in a variety of subjects and age levels from kindergarten through to adult education at the college level and has taught at several classical, Christian and public schools. Currently, he serves as a professor of computer science with Canadore College, teaching courses on Operating Systems and programming languages such as Windows, Linux, HTML, C++ and Visual Basic. Peter holds an Honors BA from Trent University in History as well as a BA in Education, specializing in History and Computer Science. He holds an MA from Knox Theological Seminary in Classical and Christian studies, which provides him a background for teaching from a classical perspective. For his MA program, he read many of the Great Books as well as studied Scripture and church history. Peter has completed a week-long teacher training with the Association of Classical Christian Schools and Rockbridge Academy. His favourite piece of classical literature is Dante’s The Divine Comedy. In addition to teaching, Peter also has experience serving in a pastoral role and enjoys volunteering to serve in his local church and community. He helps in evangelistic outreach as well as teaching lessons from the Bible. Peter has experience and training as an English as a Second Language instructor as well. He has experience teaching both online and in person. He believes in Scholé’s approach in seeking “restful learning” and believes that education should be life-giving and freeing for the soul as it should acknowledge the Lord Jesus as the source of all that is true, good and beautiful. Peter lives in the North Bay, Ontario area with his wife and twin boys. email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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