Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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ISBN: 9780345277602
Grades: 8-AD

Product Description:

A rich tale of one of King Arthur's most noble knights, Sir Gawain. This tale is full of warriors, romance, battles, and many other adventures. Also housed in this volume are two other works, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo. An unknown medieval poet originally wrote all 3 of these stories, but these retellings by J.R.R. Tolkien bring the stories to life while retaining the artistic language.

Category Description for Veritas Press Omnibus Programs:

From the captivating introductory question “Why study this stuff?” to the glorious full-color artwork representations to the sheer comprehensiveness of the coverage, these books are enthralling. Omnibus is Latin for “all encompassing; everything.” The publishers couldn’t have picked a better title for this project that has as its goal a six-year theology, history, and literature curriculum that will literally “talk about everything” - all the important ideas from all the ages will be put on the table to explore.

The Omnibus curriculum desires to enable the student to unlock the treasure chest of ideas contained in the Great Books – those which have guided and informed thinking people of western civilization. While you might associate the term with the list compiled and edited by Mortimer Adler, the publishers and editors of the Omnibus have established their own list that overlaps with Adler’s.

Omnibus is both classical and Christian. It was written from a distinctly Protestant viewpoint that is best summarized by the Westminster Confession of Faith. Omnibus I (Biblical and Classical Civilizations) and Omnibus II (Church Fathers Through the Reformation) are 7th and 8th grade texts with emphasis on the logic stage. Omnibus IV - V covers similar time periods but with emphasis on the rhetoric stage. Omnibus III & VI covers modern (1563 to present) times with logic and rhetoric emphasis respectively. In other words, grades 7-12 grades are covered in two, three-year rotations.

Each Omnibus is divided into two semesters with primary (traditional Great Books) and secondary (other) book selections for each. These selections and the course built around them are rigorous; very rigorous. Some parents might be concerned about portions of the content. The editors are clear about several things. First, they assume that evil is to be conquered rather than evaded. Secondly, they assume that godly oversight and protection will accompany the student through this coursework. Thirdly, they see the Christian home as a boot camp where students are taught to handle their weapons - under godly, patient supervision. Lastly, since the Bible includes the same topics as these books there is no subject that this curriculum will raise in the minds of junior or senior high students that would not also be raised as he reads the Bible.

If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed, relax. These texts will instill confidence even as they make the job easier for you. In essence, they’re comprised of stand-alone guides for reading, studying and understanding these Great Books and the Great Conversation of ideas they represent. Beginning with an introductory worldview essay, a session is outlined for each day a book is to be studied. The number of weeks in a study varies with the selection. Discussion is a major part of every book study. Some days the discussion is general with an eye on comprehension but more often the focus is textual, cultural, and biblical analysis. There are daily reading assignments and almost daily writing assignments plus a large selection of optional activities. The really comforting thought is that the Teacher CD contains complete and thorough answers and talking points for every discussion or question raised.

In addition to the wonderful artwork, other excellent resources are evident. Appendix I outlines a two semester reading schedule. Appendix II is a parallel timeline of events in history, literature, and theology, with miniature art representations or a book cover. The Teacher CD-ROM includes the entire text on PDF files with answers and talking points inserted into the discussion session notes. Additionally, lesson plans, teaching tips, and midterm and semester exams with answers are included. It also includes a grading calculator - an Excel file where you insert a student’s grades. The text does not include the reading selections; you will need to obtain them separately. The editors also mention two beneficial references - Western Civilization by Spielvogel and the History of Art for Young People (we have it listed as Short History of Art) by Janson & Janson. As you look over the reading selections, don’t be surprised to note, “I read this book in college.” These are academically (and spiritually) challenging courses. ~ Janice


First Semester Primary Books: Beowulf, Confessions, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Eusebius, The Church History, On the Incarnation of Our Lord, Rule of St. Benedict in English, The Song of Roland.

First Semester Secondary: The Dragon and the Raven, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nine Tailors.

Second Semester Primary: The Bondage of the Will, The Canterbury Tales, The Divine Comedy, Inferno, History of the Kings of Britain, Macbeth, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Second Semester Secondary: Henry V, King Richard III, The Return of the King, The Two Towers, Winning His Spurs.




Category Description for SERIES:

Please see our Reading section for leveled reading series such as I Can Read, Step Into Reading, and many more.


Category Description for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:

A rich tale of one of King Arthur's most noble knights, Sir Gawain. This tale is full of warriors, romance, battles, and many other adventures. Also housed in this volume are two other works, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo. An unknown medieval poet originally wrote all 3 of these stories, but these retellings by J.R.R. Tolkien bring the stories to life while retaining the artistic language.




Category Description for Veritas History Programs:

Instead of isolating Bible and Christian history from what was happening in the rest of the world, the folks at Veritas aim to incorporate it. They offer four different history time periods (each aimed at a different grade level and designed to take one school year) which take students from creation to the present. The program originally had three parts: teacher's manual, history cards (an absolutely essential element of the curriculum) and a memory song on audio CD. The song is sung by a woman with a pleasant voice at varying tempos and is designed as a type of auditory time line.

The history cards are fantastic! They have many interesting facets (the more you study them, the more you learn). The cards from the various time periods are color coded and numbered - there are 32 cards in each pack. If the cards also relate to Bible history they have another color and another number. Each card has a picture (usually in full color) representing what it is about. For example, the card for Creation has a reproduction of the Creation of the sun and moon from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo. Many of the other pictures on the other cards are famous paintings as well. Each card has a title and a Scripture reference (if appropriate). They also contain a summary of the event they represent and a list of resources. This information can only be found on the cards and is not duplicated in the Teacher Manual. On the Creation card, examples of the resources are: Child’s Story Bible, pages 3, 4 and Streams of Civ, Vol 1, pages 11-14. Reading whatever is set out on the cards provides the ‘text’.

The Teacher Manual is split into 32 weekly lessons. Each lesson has a worksheet, a project or two, and a test. An example of what you might find in the appendix is a literature unit, an Egyptian decor bulletin board pattern, an Egyptian Feast project, reproducible sheets, great games, and lyrics for the memory song. An enhanced CD-ROM is also available, which includes the memory song for that level, an electronic version of the Teacher Manual, and an instructional video. The enhanced CD will work on either Windows or Macintosh. Because the enhanced CD contains the complete Teacher’s Manual, we sell two kits; one which includes the Teacher Manual book, the card set, and the audio CD (Homeschool Kit), and one which includes only the enhanced CD and the cards (Homeschool Kit w/ CD). ~ Genevieve




Category Description for King Arthur Stories:

Generations of children have been entranced by the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. With visions of fair maidens, mighty stone fortresses, gallant knights, and brave deeds, this series of books is sure to stir the imagination of young readers of any age. Inventively told in a style capturing the tone and spirit of ancient romance and wonderfully illustrated by Howard Pyle, these stories describe the perilous and thrilling adventures of King Arthur and his knights in that glorious age of chivalry and honor. ~ Rachel S.




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
8
Grade End
AD
ISBN
9780345277602
Binding
Mass Market
Pages
224
Language
English
Audience
General Adult
Contributor
J. R. R. Tolkien (Translator)
Author
Tolkien
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Ballantine
Weight
0.25 (lbs.)
Dimensions
6.88" x 4.25" x 0.62"
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best price
Tiffany E on Sep 16, 2020
I wanted to replace my old copy which is falling apart.
Louise I on May 18, 2018
best price
Tiffany E on Sep 16, 2020
Part of Omnibus Level II
Laura D on Jul 5, 2019
I wanted to replace my old copy which is falling apart.
Louise I on May 18, 2018
required curriculum
Jessica L on Aug 19, 2017
Required reading for next school year
Krista F on May 9, 2017
We want to read this book to the kids and it's written by J.R.R. Tolkien!
Azusena V on Sep 14, 2016
Recommended for 6th graders in The Well-Trained Mind.
Kara B on Nov 26, 2015
This is the edition we need for our literature/history curriculum.
Darv on Oct 21, 2015
Part of Omnibus Level II
Laura D on Jul 5, 2019
required curriculum
Jessica L on Aug 19, 2017
Is this an unabridged copy?
A shopper on Jan 28, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Nowhere does it say it’s abridged, and the writer of the preface states, “Since a primary object of these translations was the close preservation of the metres of the originals...” I’m under the impression it is a full translation of the complete original works.
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