What if hell were organized as a fiendish bureaucracy with managers and field agents? Meet Screwtape, upper management and uncle to Wormwood, a field agent tempter who has been assigned a human patient to secure for eternity. Hell shares no love, but Screwtape undertakes the guidance and tutelage of his nephew.
In a series of letters, Screwtape offers advice and practicality to the young demon about the finer points of temptation, the weaknesses and foibles of human beings, and the disaster of his patient becoming a Christian. Though this certainly complicates things, the two infernal beings won’t let it stop them.
From this very skewed perspective, C.S. Lewis digs into human nature, revealing some interesting, and sometimes embarrassing, tendencies. Touching on everything from sleeplessness to the “absurdity” of God’s love for humanity, Screwtape imparts his wicked wisdom to Wormwood. Though the mirror he holds up to humanity is warped and cracked, it is still painfully revealing. Wit and parody mask a very serious analysis of what makes humans tick; and demanding the reader think, it can teach each of us how to resist the temptations and discouragement of the enemy!
Progeny Press' Screwtape Letters ELA PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:
English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Author Biography: Learn more about C.S. Lewis' life and his other literary works.
Background Information: Discover the harsh backdrop of WWII and the Battle of Britain, giving valuable context to the story and characters.
Before-You-Read Activities: Explore the theme of the devil in scripture, art, literature, and music. Also, delve into the concept of the demonic in art. Engage in a Bible study on the temptation of Jesus and watch interviews of veterans from WWII and the Battle of Britain.
Vocabulary: Master words used in the novel with various activities designed to help you retain and grow your vocabulary.
Literary Techniques: Learn about literary devices such as epistolary novel, epigraphs, parody, extended metaphor, allusion, dramatic irony, understatement, and descriptive language used in the book.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reflect on modern philosophies, materialism, apologetics, the church, expectations, disappointments, sinfulness, friendship, guilt, humility, thankfulness, peer pressure, marriage, love, pride, and danger.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in diverse activities like researching the author's biography, writing a prayer, crafting a position paper on Christianity, creating a collage of images of Christ, writing a poem, analyzing a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, going on a nursing home field trip, participating in a group discussion on pacifism, forming prayer and study partners, attending a thanksgiving service, comparing corrupted and intended messages, working on a memory verses project, writing a critical report on humor, conducting interviews, giving presentations on culture, Biblical marriage, sacred music, Quakers, social issues, fate and destiny, and writing a poem or song about death. Also, write full essays on various topics related to the book, such as patient analysis, faith, humanity, historical connections, reality, physical vs. spiritual aspects, and comparisons between women and men. Explore motifs in the Screwtape Letters, examine the role of the church and apologetics, and conduct research papers on C.S. Lewis' other works and literary symbolism. Additionally, participate in activities like dramatic presentations, writing and performing a drama, composing a letter, and self-analysis. .
Suggestions for Further Reading: We provide an in-depth reading list of more books by C.S. Lewis and other works that are related to or similar to The Screwtape Letters.
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