Out of the Silent Planet - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Outer Space

Genre: British Literature, Christian, Sci Fi

Page Count: 38 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 8 weeks

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While on a walking tour through England, Dr. Elwin Ransom becomes an unwilling guest at the home of Dr. Weston, a physicist. Weston and his colleague Dr. Devine kidnap Ransom and take him to the planet Malacandra. Ransom believes that he is meant to be handed over to the inhabitants of Malacandra as a human sacrifice.
Escaping but alone on an alien world, Ransom discovers that he has no survival skills that apply to his surroundings. Barely able to tell the difference between animals and plants or plants and rocks, he is unsure what to trust as safeeven his sanity begins to dissolve. Driven by curiosity, he establishes contact with what appears to be a friendly seal-like animal. The creature gives him food and drink and takes him to its village. 
Ransom settles into a peaceful life with these beings, the hrossa, and slowly finds his ideas about life, religion, divine providence, and humanity stretched to new horizons.

The first book in C. S. Lewis' celebrated Space Trilogy

Progeny Press' Out of the Silent Planet English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: Explore a high school-level Literature curriculum that designates one-quarter credit, designed to foster a deep understanding of literary analysis and critique.
Author Biography: Explore the life and literary contributions of C.S. Lewis, an author known for his allegorical works and insights into human nature.
Theme Analysis for the Novel: Discuss and critique the central themes within the novel, providing a thought-provoking analysis.
Vocabulary: Enhance your language arts study by mastering vocabulary through engaging activities aimed at promoting retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Uncover the art of literature through a focus on key literary techniques, including theme analysis, comparative analysis, in-depth characterization, and the power of irony.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Explore insightful moral lessons and character values throughout the literature study. Dive into discussions on valuing others above oneself, the importance of humility, the pursuit of contentment, the concept of freedom of choice, the idea that God meets our needs, our significance as unique parts of the body of Christ, the art of decision making, the dynamics of power and control, the essence of free will, and the insights found in parables.
Activities and Writing Assignments Participate in engaging activities and writing assignments, including a research paper on Mars, a comparative paper examining Fascism, a research paper on space travel, and an analysis paper delving into the theme of racism.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Discover a thoughtfully compiled reading list featuring more works by C.S. Lewis and books that share themes and writing styles similar to Out of the Silent Planet.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

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Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Another Planet, Science Fiction
British Literature, Christian Analogy, Science Fiction
Study Guide Page Count:
42 pages
Study Guide Author:
Andrew Clausen
For the Book By:
C. S. Lewis
Workbook ISBN:

    1 Reviews

  • Posted by Andrew on 23rd Aug 2022



    Don't let the cover fool you this is a story filled with mature takes on our current geopolitical climate and it's amazing!