My classical literature club met Monday evening and we discussed Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis. The project for the book: to rewrite a scene from the novel using a setting and characters from another book, movie or a modern day setting and characters was awesome. Each member read his scene and I gave them their lesson and project assignment for The Iliad. The project for The Iliad is to make original board games using the plot, themes and setting of the story. If you want to see pictures of board games from past meetings follow this link: Make Classical Literature Fun by Creating Board Games.
The kids went for a walk and hung out together as teens love doing and the mothers retreated to the sofas for coffee, tea, and girl-talk. One mother told us about a really funny video by John Branyan. It’s about Shakespeare and the Three Little Pigs. This story is literature you know. *grin*
Branyan says Shakespeare used 54,000 words and the average American uses 3,000. I’m not sure about this. These numbers are on WikiAnswers.
Speaking Vocabulary Count of the Average English Speaker
Grade 1 Student = 1,000+ words
Normal Person (Graduate) = 5,000 to 6,000+ words
University Professor = 15,000+ words
Spelling Bee Winners = 30,000+ (as claimed by them)
College Dictionary (Abridged) = 50,000 – 70,000
Total Words in English Language = 250,000+ (Growing)
Dictionary (Un-abridged) with derivatives = 450,000+
Shakespeare used 60,000 words
Are these figures accurate?
I really don’t know. I share this video because it’s funny not for the facts. I like stories, all kinds of stories. I enjoy fables, nursery rhymes, parables, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and more. The Three Little Pigs entertains me. Les Miserables captures my heart and teaches me. The Hunger Games suspends me with anticipation and Harry Potter delights my imagination and takes me to a world where anything is possible.
I love books and I want to share my pleasure with others. I love providing a place to share stories and helping others have fun with them too. This is why my children fulfill their English credit through a classical literature club. It brings life to the curriculum and the books.
I hope you enjoy the video. The mothers Monday night were splitting a gut laughing.
What about you?
As a writer how do you find the right word?
As a reader how does your vocabulary affect your enjoyment of books?