Posted by: jeanbaptistelukalu | October 24, 2007

Lesson Plans for Pilgrims Progress.

Lesson 1 Pilgrims Progress: By John Bunyan.                            this lessons plan according to jean baptis L.

Introduction to the module: The study of Pilgrims Progress a book by John Bunyan in conjunction with the study of Puritanism. Student will be given a brief oral biography of the life and work of John Bunyan in relation to Puritanism and how he came to write the book.

Aims: This lesson aims to introduce the book Pilgrims Progress, by giving background information about the author and the book. The lesson also aims to set the context of the book within the framework of the module on Puritanism and the struggles of the christian life.

Objectives: The intended instructional result of this lesson will be: students will write notes concerning the background information about the book and the author that they can reference at a later date. Students will gain an understanding of the forthcoming programme of study. Students will be expected to obtain a copy of Pilgrims Progress, (or read it on a website) and begin reading verse 1-99 in preparation for the following lesson.

Assessment: 10 minute Q and A session at the end of the lesson to highlight any difficulties students have with the information they have been given so far, or with accessing resources for the next lesson.

Lesson 2: Pilgrims Progress: Worldliness, Friends and Acquaintances.

Introduction: This lesson will be concentrating on the first part of Pilgrims Progress verse 1-99, students will be asked to confirm that they have read this part in their own time, and will watch part of a video adapted from the book.

Aims: Students will discuss the first part of Pilgrims Progress and working in small groups will be asked to  give a brief synopsis. Students will watch a section of the video of Pilgrims Progress. Following the video the class will be asked to discuss the allegory of worldliness and the affect worldly friends and acquaintances had upon the main characters in the book, such as Christian and Evangelist.

Objectives: The video will effectively introduce students to the lead characters in the book, and they will become familiarized with the main thrust of the allegory of one mans search for salvation. The students who are struggling with understanding the language of the book will benefit from seeing the video. Through discussion work students will gain a deeper understanding of external influences that subtly and forcefully divert the Christian from the path to salvation. Discussion will also aim to highlight the importance of reading the book for the following lessons.

 Assessment of Learning: Students will be closely observed during the discussion to ensure that everyone makes a suitable contribution to the benefit of the whole group.

 Homework: read verse 100-199.

Lesson 3: Pilgrims Progress, Discipleship and Judgement and Salvation

Introduction: This lesson will focus upon the Puritan doctrines of discipleship and judgement discussed in Bunyan’s allegory in verses 100-199. Students will watch another part of the video of Pilgrims Progress.

Aims: The goal of this lesson is to discuss Bunyan’s interpretation of discipleship looking more closely at the conversation between Christian and Goodwill, whereby Bunyan highlights the importance of counting the cost of becoming a true follower of Jesus by quoting Luke 14:25-27. Students will be asked to discuss what impact this teaching would have upon the people who heard it, such as religious leaders. Students will also discuss the judgement of the man in the iron cage of despair, and will compare these doctrines with those of the Catholic Church, for example, Catholic doctrine of purgatory, and once saved always saved. The lesson also aims to highlight the conflict between Catholic and Puritan interpretations of scripture. Finally students will be asked to note how Christian got ‘born again’, and delivered from his burden, and make a brief comment.

Objectives: Students will be able to understand the Puritan doctrine of discipleship and the radical stance they took to reject the world and follow the narrow road. Students will learn that most Puritan doctrines such as judgement were taken directly from scripture, compared with Catholic doctrines which very often were not. Students will also increase their understanding of the Puritan interpretation of being ‘born again’.

Assessment: This will be based upon observation of student contribution, this has the potential to highlight how many students are reading the book and who might be relying on the video to understand the book.

Homework: to read verses 200-299

Lesson 4: The Puritan Road to Salvation.

Introduction: This lesson will be based upon verses 200-299 and will focus on the effort that Bunyan has taken to explain the road a person should take to find eternal life and salvation using scriptures: Matt 7:13-14 and Luke 14:26-27.

Aims: To introduce the lesson students will watch another part of the video Pilgrims Progress. Students will be asked to discuss the people Christian met in this section of the book, firstly; those who were following the road to salvation but had entered by another way. In small groups students will be expected to answer or to explain  (using the bible if preferred), why Puritans placed great emphasis on the way to salvation, two groups will present their findings to the class using the white board. Secondly, in their groups students will be asked to discuss the conversation between Charity and Christian regarding the family who Christian left behind in Destruction, using this conversation what conclusions could be drawn about the Puritan way to salvation. Remaining groups present their finding to class on the white board.

Objectives: The educational outcomes of this lesson are to highlight the emphasis that Puritan’s placed upon leading people along the right road to salvation. Students will increase their understanding of the doctrines discussed by working in small groups and sharing information, and will achieve greater confidence by presenting their finding to their peers and participating in the lesson.

Assessment: Students will be observed in the lesson and assessed based upon their contribution to the lesson. (Students who consistently fail to contribute will be offered a private tutorial to highlight problems they have).

Homework: to read verses 300-399

Lesson 5: Deliverance

Introduction: The focal point for this lesson will be to introduce the methods used by Christian to defend himself from Apollyon in the Vally of humiliation and the Vally of the shadow of death, and how, even though it seemed impossible, he was delivered from the hand of the devil. This lesson will also ask important questions concerning the text.

Aims: In small groups students will be asked to show with scriptures how Christian defended himself from the attack of Apollyon. Drawing from their understanding of the module on Puritanism students will be asked to show why Bunyan placed great emphasis on this teaching and how it might conflict with the leading religion of the day. Two groups will be expected to present their work and interact with the remaining groups to discuss their findings. Following this students will be asked to reflect on the v340 in relation to the Pope, for open discussion.

Objectives: The educational outcomes of this lesson will be; for students to increase their confidence in presenting information to their peers, for students to share information about the text and make informed historical analysis and present their findings in a professional and coherent way.

Assessment: Students will be asked to critique the lesson and the presentations using both positive and constructive criticism.

Homework: For the homework all students will be asked to read v400-499, one group will be asked to provide power point lesson about the conversation with talkative and its conclusion, this must include relevant background information concerning puritanism and the religious problems in Britain.

Lesson 6: Presentation by Students.

Introduction: One group of students will make a presentation to the class using PowerPoint, concerning the conversation between Talkative, Christian and Faithful in verses 400-499.

Aims: One group has been selected to teach the class using a presentation prepared in advance, based upon the conversation that Christian and Faithful have with Talkative. This lesson will show students that why Puritanism was opposed in Britain by the established church and delve deeper into the religious history of Britain at that time.

Objectives: The educational outcome of this lesson is to give students an understanding of the state of religion in Britain when Bunyan was writing, and to inform students in the doctrines of Puritanism. The lesson teaches students the importance of  also gives students an opportunity to improve their research and teaching skills and to gain confidence by teaching and being assessed by their peers.

Assessment: Students will be asked to evaluate the lesson using the one praise one criticism method.

Homework: Students will be asked to read verse 500-599, one group will be asked to make a power point presentation about Vanity Fair (which begins in the previous chapter). This presentation must be based upon the problems of religion in Britain.

Lesson 7: Vanity Fair

Introduction: This lesson is a presentation of Vanity Fair given by one group of students.

Aims: One group has been selected to make a presentation to the class concerning the worldliness of Vanity Fair and how it directly relates to the life and work of Bunyan and the Puritans in Britain at the time of writing. This lesson will provide an opportunity for students to research a historical subject and teach their peers.

Objectives: The intended outcomes of this lesson are for students to understand the broader historical background of Britain at the time of Bunyan’s writing so that his work can be more easily understood. This lesson puts the book in its proper historical context, and improves the confidence of students to research and present their information.

Assessment: Students will be asked to assess the lesson using one praise one criticism method.

Homework: Students will be asked to read verses 600-699

Lesson 8 Doubt and Despair.

Introduction: This lesson will look in more detail at the Castle of Doubt and the Giant Despair.

Aims: This aim of this lecture is to present key elements of puritan thought such as, doubt and despair and their close proximity to Hell and the devil. It aims to look in more detail at the consequences of these and other sins and the solutions according to puritan doctrine. This lesson will also introduce the catechisms and creeds of Puritanism using Power Point.

Objectives: The intended learning outcomes of this lesson are to inform students about puritan thought. Students will be able to understand in more detail the doctrines and writings of the puritan movement and their origins.

Lesson 9: Ignorance, Faint heart, Mistrust and Guilt.

Introduction: This lesson will focus on some of the themes used by Bunyan and their scriptural context.

Aims. By using the themes in Bunyan’s book, this lesson aims to show that the puritans had a deep knowledge of scripture and understanding of the message contained in the Gospels. The focus of this essay is; The broad and narrow way, Apostasy, ignorance, faintheartedness, mistrust, guilt, little faith, the armour of God and the Atheist.

Objectives. Students will be able to understand how the puritan movement was based upon scriptural doctrines, and that their leaders had a sound knowledge of the biblical themes.

Homework: To read verses 700-799 in preparation for the next lesson.

Lesson 10: Continuation of Puritan Biblical Themes.

Introduction: This lesson will focus on the biblical themes used by Bunyan and their historical relevance to Puritanism. At the beginning of this lesson students will watch a short excerpt from the film Oliver Cromwell.

Aims: The aim of this lesson is to highlight the biblical themes used by Bunyan that had relevance to the puritans and their movement. For example; Sabbath breaking, swearing, lying, uncleanness, drinking and gambling. Then to contrast them with more desirable puritan themes  or religious duties described in the book such as; reading the bible, weeping for sin, grace, prayer and speaking the truth to ones neighbour.

Objectives: The educational outcomes of this lecture are for students to gain a deeper understanding of the puritan movement, and how puritans attempted to replace social disorder with godliness and holiness.

Homework: To complete reading the book. 

Lesson 11. Continuation of Puritan Biblical Themes.

Introduction: This lesson will focus on the biblical themes presented.  Preparation for forthcoming examination. A second presentation of the film Oliver Cromwell.

Aims: The aims of this lesson are to show part of the Oliver Cromwell film, this will show the historical background, the beliefs of the puritans and what they achieved. This lecture will teach the themes of; judgment, the wages of sin, justification by faith, and paradise. This lecture will focus on the puritan interpretation of these themes.

Objectives: The learning outcomes of this lesson will be for students to understand the puritan doctrines that are discussed in the book and their historical and theological context.

Homework: Revision.

Lesson 12: Preparation for Exam

Aims: This lesson aims to revisit the work in this semester. Students will be asked to prepare and present a portfolio or body of work at the end of the semester, and to use this information for the purposes of revision.

Objectives: Students will have the opportunity to identify and complete any lessons they have missed.

Homework: Revision.

Lesson 13: Examination

Aim: The aim of this lesson is to make an assessment of learning.

Objective: Students will be assessed on their performance in the exam. Students who do not achieve a pass will be offered a tutorial or remedial assistance.

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Responses

  1. Thank you very much. This is a very good start to the project. I hope you’re enjoying it.

  2. Fantastic post! I’m 33 years old and I finally read The Pilgrims Progress. I found this book to be gripping, convicting and very encouraging in my walk with Christ. I should have read this much earlier in my Christian walk. Now, I recommend it all the time! 🙂 By the way, what version did you read?


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