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Teaching the Great Books

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  1. Introduction
    Teaching the Great Books: Course Introduction (Preview Content)
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  2. Lessons
    Lesson 1: What Should We Read? (Preview Content)
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  3. Lesson 2: How Should We Read the Classics?
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  4. Lesson 3: How to Do Deep Reading
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  5. Lesson 4: Ancient and Modern Modes of Interpretation
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  6. Lesson 5: How to Teach Great Books—Part I
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  7. Lesson 6: How to Teach Great Books—Part II
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  8. Lesson 7: Classroom Habits and Practices
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  9. Lesson 8: Who Do We Teach?
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  10. Lesson 9: Students Afflicted with Acedia or Ennui
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  11. Lesson 10: Helping Students Overcome Acedia or Ennui
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  12. Lesson 11: Who Is the Teacher?
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  13. Class Observations
    Lesson 12: Observe 7th Grade Classroom (with preclass interview)
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  14. Lesson 13: Observe 10th Grade Classroom (with pre- and post-class interviews)
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  15. Lesson 14: Observe 10th Grade Classroom (with pre- and post-class interviews)
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  16. Lesson 15: Observe 10th Grade Classroom (with pre- and post-class interviews)
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  17. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: Teaching the Great Books
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The Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald was made for the Monastery of St. Anthony, at which ill plague victims who often had skin disfigurements and ergotism were cared for. Christ is shown with ergotism and sores, emphasizing that He understands human suffering.

Nota Bene: For an excellent analysis and some fascinating historic information about the Isenheim Altarpiece, check out this article that appeared in Smithsonian Magazine.