The Hobbit Teacher Resources
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In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to six short answer and essay questions about Tolkien's The Hobbit. Students may check some of their answers online.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Tolkien's The Hobbit. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Have your class create acrostic poems for characters in The Hobbit. First, define acronyms and work together to complete sample acronyms for their own first names. Students then research specific characters in the novel and create acronyms using the characters' names. The term acronyms is used throughout the lesson but the actual activities center around acrostic poems.
Students participate in a pre-reading activity designed to stimulate interest in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit". They compile a list of characteristics for hobbits and predict hobbit behavior based on these observations.
Young readers write a descriptive paper on the fantasy characters in The Hobbit. They take notes as they read the novel in order to provide descriptions of the character traits of hobbits, dwarfs, trolls, wizards, and goblins. They pay specific attention to the habitats (setting) each character dwells in.
Students explore The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. In this literature lesson, students recall events and literary elements in the text of the novel as they complete a worksheet.
Students write an essay comparing The Hobbit to The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. In this The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring lesson, students compare the plot, theme, writing styles, and other elements in the two books.
In this literature instructional activity, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions about Tolkien's The Hobbit. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
In this The Hobbit worksheet, students review and discuss the forty-eight characters and key terms from The Hobbit and circle each one in a word search puzzle.
“Riddle me this!” What do J.R.R. Tolkien and Bill Finger have in common? Why, they’re both riddlers, of course. The riddles found in The Hobbit are the focus a series of activities that direct learners’ attention to word relationships and word meanings. Class members go on a 20-minute walk and use an MP3 player to listen to a presentation about the riddles in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Upon returning to the room, the class discusses the images and meanings included in this type of wordplay. Links to the podcast, discussion questions, and a comprehension quiz are included in the resource.
Leave your hobbit hole and start an adventure with J. R. R. Tolkien's timeless tale of dwarves, dragons, and hobbits.
The opening of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit provides a model of how to use rich details to create a setting. After reading the description of Bilbo Baggins’ abode, young writers create their own magical home for a fantasy creature. The excerpt from The Hobbit, student models, and extension activities are included.
Students record unknown vocabulary they encounter while reading The Hobbit. In this "A New Word Everyday" lesson, after students record unknown words, they must use a dictionary to find the correct definition and write it down.
Students read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and choose two essays to write about the first six chapters. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read the first six chapters of the novel and use a worksheet to take notes as they read. Students then choose two of five essay questions to answer about the novel.
Explore film adaptation of literature with this lesson, which focuses on the world of film advertisements. Middle schoolers discuss various films (including The Lord of the Rings) and create advertisements for a pretend film based on a fairy tale. An outstanding resource that covers many areas of the curriculum and includes some excellent supplemental educational resources. Use it to study the difference between a film adaptation and its source material.
Young scholars role-play advertising executives in an exploration of how films are marketed on the Web to distinct audiences.
Compare and contrast the themes of two works by J.R.R. Tolkien. High schoolers read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, Then they write an essay that compares the themes found in each novel.
Students explore Heroic Quest through reading W.H. Auden's 1954 review of 'The Fellowship of the Ring.' They write their own Heroic Quest story.
With several online resources for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, as well as many reading and literary analysis activities, this novel study guide is a great way to keep your young readers organized during a book report. The guide includes a reading schedule, a plot and character map, and multiple pages of reading comprehension activities. The lesson is designed for homeschool, but would be fine in any class setting.
Here’s a series of exercises designed to be used after readers have finished reading The Hobbit. Pairs identify the speaker of a series of quotes, match characters with qualities, and provide evidence from the story to support their conclusions. Groups examine how Thorin changes over the course of the novel, and compare chapters 5 and 12. Partners try and solve a series of ancient riddles and then decode Bilbo’s riddles as he talks with Smaug. A great resource to use with Tolkien’s classic!