We won’t see each other again for a month 😦
But during this month you still need to complete two weeks of school work.
The Pilgrim’s Progress is LIFE CHANGING. It is one of the most important books ever written. It is actually ranked as the number one book ever written besides the Bible.
The Pilgrim’s Progress is the ultimate English classic, a book that has been continuously in print, from its first publication to the present day, in an extraordinary number of editions. There’s no book in English, apart from the Bible, to equal Bunyan’s masterpiece for the range of its readership, or its influence on writers as diverse as William Thackeray, Charlotte Bronte, Mark Twain, CS Lewis, John Steinbeck and even Enid Blyton. (100 Best Novels: No. 1 The Pilgrim’s Progress)
I need you to read Pilgrim’s Progress, while we are apart. First, you will have to set up a reading plan. I would highly encourage you to finish the book before Christmas. Sit up late at night, sit by your fireplace in your jammies and cocoa. Pet a cat or dog. Cuddle up and read. Make it a fun and cozy experience, because if you procrastinate and wait until halfway through the week before we come back you will be angry (at yourself), but you will think you are angry at the book (but that is a lie). LOL. Don’t procrastinate; you will be grumpy.
And I don’t want you to just read it, but interact with it and synthesize what you read. One of the ways we can do this with books is by underlining important sentences and taking notes in the back. I call this “Brandi Notes,” and it is a skill that will come in handy in other classes as well. It will save time and help you hold onto important information. This is not only a good study skill for school work, but you can also do this in your Bible study as well.
So that you know how much to write in your book I will give you some requirements below. I WILL BE GRADING YOUR BOOK. I will actually take your book and look through it and give you a grade based on how well you took notes in it.
Brandi Note Requirements:
This assignment will be 100 points (the same as a regular essay). So take this very seriously.
- I need to see something underlined on every couple pages. You should have at least 75-100 underlined passages.
- I need to see themes and symbols written in the margins next to some of the passages. (ex. faith, journey, hope, courage, fear, etc.). This will help you as you glance through the pages looking for something.
- In the back of the book I need to see at least five themes or symbols written down with page numbers underneath them, that will lead me to quotes that have to do with that theme.
- I need to see several stars or happy faces in the margin of your book.
If you do not understand what I mean, please text me and I can text you a picture of one of my books.
I also want you to complete the following assignment (20 points):
- Define an allegory.
- Why is The Pilgrim’s Progress an allegory?
- Why does an allegory have to rely on symbols?
- How are the names of each of the characters symbolic?
- What does the context of The Canterbury Tales have in common with The Pilgrim’s Progress?
- How does The Pilgrim’s Progress differ from The Canterbury Tales?
- Read “He Who Would Valiant Be” (below) which is a Hymn that Bunyan wrote as he served a 12 year prison sentence for not compromising his faith by submitting to the State Church.
- Read this John Bunyan biography (page 1 and 2) and read a little bit about his life. Do you think he wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress as a sincere believer or a shallow Christian?
- Bring your book and these questions to class when we meet again. You MUST have the book. Mrs. Kim told me that some of you don’t have it. Here is a link to the copy you need to buy. I hope you get it ASAP. You might as well buy all the other books now too. You will need Hamlet right when we get back as well.
The Hamlet Reader’s Theater Parties
Please tell your parents about the days we will need to spend together outside of class, reading Hamlet. As far as your education goes, these are really mandatory in the sense that they are NECESSARY. Please make every effort to arrange transportation and call me if you have any concerns ASAP. I am going to put in a room request for these days and times:
- Monday January 11 9am-12 pm
- Thursday January 14 9am-12 pm
- Monday January 18 9am-12 pm
- Thursday January 21 9am-12pm
I want this event to be fun, so we can pass around a sign up list for you to bring refreshments (muffins, cookies, juice, etc.) Simple stuff. I will bring stuff too. You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch and have lunch together on the patio after we finish each day. We will not have any other work those weeks, than what we are focussing on with Hamlet.
If you like, I will buy you pizza on the last day–but only if you help me stay on track and we FINISH ❤
He Who Would Valiant Be
He who would valiant be ’gainst all disaster,
Let him in constancy follow the Master.
There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.
Who so beset him round with dismal stories
Do but themselves confound—his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight,
He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.
Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit,
We know we at the end, shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.