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“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Learners list W.H Auden's six characteristics of a quest story. They say what is meant by a "metaphorical quest." Pupils discuss some differences between symbolism and allegory. Students indicate how Bilbo Baggins's adventures changed him for the better. They appreciate Gandalf's distinction between providence and "mere luck."
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!