Pilgrim’s Progress/Walking to Wisdom – 2nd Period Wednesday


Teacher: Grace Miller

Fall Class DescriptionFor this one semester class, we will use the all-in-one curriculum pack from Answers in Genesis – “I don’t believe any curriculum of this nature has ever been produced in the 300-year history of this very famous book.” Ken Ham    This is a “unit study” type course, which allows for expanded learning at home, (for the whole family) based on individual family desire. For the purpose of this class, we will focus on literature & character analysis, vocabulary, apologetics, brief historical & geographical context and some featured scientists.  Learning platforms will include discussion, interactive learning, dramatization, memorization, audio & reading assignments, and written homework assignments in “Truths to Ponder” or “Digging Deeper” (depending on age/grade).

Course Expectations: Students will be expected to participate in class discussions & activities, complete assigned homework on time, memorize the assigned scripture verses for each lesson maintain a tidy, organized notebook.  Homework: 3-4+ hours/week (depending on depth of study if using as a family adventure – see*)

Textbooks and Materials:

  1. Bible
  2. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan -The specific paperback version, published by AIG will be easiest for students to follow along as the chapter divisions match that of the audio we will be using). You do not need the whole set unless you chose to carry out an expanded study with your other students at home. If you choose to do that, let me know.
  3. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, by John Bunyan
  4. Notebook
    1. 3-ring binder
    2. 5-pack tab dividers
  5. Coil bound index cards
  6. Supplemental resources TBD (from the suggested list I will provide)

Once the most deeply cherished book in English-speaking households, John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress is the allegorical tale of the pilgrim Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. Along the way, Christian encounters both worthy companions and dreadful adversaries. Although this book was written more than three hundred years ago, this stirring spiritual narrative still bears the power to challenge and encourage readers on their own spiritual journeys. This edition contains detailed black-and-white illustrations of important scenes, Bunyan’s own annotated Scripture references, and a discussion about John Bunyan and the story behind the writing of this classic!

Spring Course Description: In this course we will explore the Walking to Wisdom Inklings Collection from Classical Academic Press and collectively teach students how to read with depth and delight the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Dorothy Sayers.  Since this is a one-semester class, we will be able to address all 8 guides in the series.  Each literature guide can stand on its own yet also interacts with the others through sidebar comments and thematic continuity.  The specific selection of books is TBD.

Course Expectations:  Students will be expected to take notes in their books, answer reading questions, create their own questions, read sample student writings, keep notes book-wide on themes and motifs, answer discussion questions about thematic material, memorize important quotations, prepare while reading to write, participate in creative enrichment activities related to each books.  Homework 4-5 hours/week.

Textbooks & Materials:

The books we study will be selected from the following list.  Students will need the guide and book for each selection.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Last Battle
The Screwtape Letters
Till We Have Faces
The Man Born to Be King
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

The studies are keyed to particular editions of some of these books, so that will be defined before the class begins, in enough time to ensure you have the correct version. Students will also need access to a few other books and articles for introductory reading and context essay writing at the beginning of each course. Many of the context readings are from other books used within the Inklings Collection while other readings come from Mere Christianity, The Weight of Glory, On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature, and Letters to A Diminished Church (all of which were also written by Inklings authors). A few context readings are available online for free. Some context reading books are used alongside more than one guide, so these supplemental books will likely be used more than once. While you can find the required editions of the books elsewhere, Classical Academic Press sells them.


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