Is reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis part of your educational plan for this year? If so, you will want to pick up a guide to A Catholic Guide to Narnia: Questions and Activities for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This guide offers a fascinating look at the symbolism inherent in the classic story, “how the stories of Narnia relate to the human experience and the Christian message.”
It covers each part of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, from the children being sent to the Professor’s house to when the four children return to our world. The chapters are primarily set up in a question and answer format. These sections provide a wealth of background information and lead to a greater appreciation of the text. At the end of each chapter are Bible and Catechism connections, discussion questions, two sets of activities (geared for younger and older readers), and suggestions for further exploration.
There is a helpful appendix which indicates which cross-references the questions with where the subject is covered in both the original text and the 2005 movie.
A Catholic Guide to Narnia: Questions and Activities for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is best suited for middle to high school aged students. It could also be used as a whole-family discussion guide. While some of the basic Christian symbolism of the story is self-evident, this guide offers deeper insights to lead to a more thorough understanding of the Narnia story and its meaning.
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