Truth or Fallacy?
Truth or Fallacy? Weighing Worldviews in Literature is a user-friendly, comprehensive guide for teaching and facilitating a full-year course that meets approximately two hours per week. It is designed for use with 9th to 12th grade Christian homeschooled students in a group setting. The course consists of three strands: Worldviews, Literature, and Writing, which rotate as the primary focus of each week.
For the worldviews strand of the course, users should purchase TrueU DVDs by Focus on the Family; these are an excellent aid to help your teen understand worldview, stand firm in their Christian faith, and be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them.
For the literature strand of the course, students read eleven books throughout the course of the school year. Fun, interactive discussion and activities guide teacher and students through the reading and appreciation of both classic and Christian literature and go on to demonstrate how to delve in deeper to identify an author's worldview. As students learn to compare the worldview presented by an author to the truth of God's Word, they learn to stand firmly on a foundation of truth and to view others with compassion. Because of this, great literature is a fabulous tool for students to learn to engage in this war of ideas, and take a firm stand for Christ! Books used in the ten units of this course are: Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Deadliest Monster, Black Ships Before Troy & The Wanderings of Odysseus, Of Mice and Men, The Hiding Place, The Call of the Wild, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Fahrenheit 451, and The Screwtape Letters.
For the writing strand of this course, students write a five-paragraph essay comparing the worldview of each author to the truths of the Bible. As they learn to personally respond to the truths or fallacies presented, they also gain experience sharing the good news of Christ with depth, understanding, and impact. Prior to writing, students are fully primed for the task. Thought-provoking sample essays are provided for students to discuss and evaluate; writing helps and prompts are offered in each unit. Writing is remarkably motivating and meaningful in this group setting, where presenting essays and listening to the essays of others becomes the highlight of the class.
This course will help students learn to think critically, write excellently, stand in their faith firmly, and view others compassionately. This fun and interactive course is great preparation for college!