The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Novel Unit Plan (Narnia): CS Lewis

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a novel in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" provides students with a perfect novel for analyzing story elements, characters and theme! Even if your students have seen the movie or read the book, this novel unit plan will stretch your their thinking and writing skills!

This novel unit plan for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe includes lessons for...
1. Intense vocabulary focus for each chapter - using definitions, synonyms and antonyms. There is a worksheet for each set of 2 chapters, as well as a set of weekly worksheets you can use if you wish to have the vocabulary words as your weekly spelling words. Answer keys included.
2. Setting - comparing the realistic setting with Narnia, and determining if the setting affects the problems that develop
3. Character Analysis
4. Symbolism
5. Varying Perspectives
6. Story Elements
7. Problem Identification - multiple problems, internal vs. external
8. Decision Making
9. Making Inferences
10. Summarizing
11. Journal Writing

You don't need anything else, except the books, to teach this novel unit. You will receive complete, DETAILED lesson plans for building background to the book, before/during/after reading lessons and activities, vocabulary worksheets (2 chapters per sheet - these can be used as practice or quizzes), weekly vocabulary sheets to use for weekly spelling words, tests that cover 4 chapters each, and a complete student journal for students to record their responses to their reading and your lessons. There's also a suggested end of the novel group project - creating a newspaper for Narnia to summarize the different things that happened in the book. Lessons also include extension activities, focusing more on reading strategies and writing exercises. The student journal includes a "Dear Journal" page if you wish to have your students keep a journal for each chapter of the novel, having them focus on a character's perspective throughout the book.

Answer keys are included for the vocabulary sections and chapter tests.

There are 2 different ways to teach this novel, both of which are included in this unit: one, purely from a literary standpoint, focusing on characterization, plot development, and theme; and two, pointing out the allegorical qualities of the story as it mirrors Christ and the Gospel. If you teach in a public school, follow the regular plans to develop rich, deep thinking and discussions. If you teach in a school where you are able to use the Bible, incorporate the extension activities as well as some of the “extras” that are included in the unit.

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Happy Teaching! - Martha

All graphics and photos are used with permission. Unit is created by Martha Hach, and is intended for the use of one classroom per purchase. If you would like to share this unit, either purchase a multiple license use to share with a colleague, or direct them to my store to purchase their own.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Novel Unit Plan (Narn
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