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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.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to six short answer and essay questions about Tolkien's The HobbitStudents 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 HobbitStudents 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. 
Young scholars 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.
Students record unknown vocabulary they encounter while reading The Hobbit. For 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 explore The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. In this literature instructional activity, students recall events and literary elements in the text of the novel as they complete a worksheet.
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 plan, 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.
Students role-play advertising executives in an exploration of how films are marketed on the Web to distinct audiences.
For this literature worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions about Tolkien's The HobbitStudents may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
In this The Hobbit activity, students review and discuss the forty-eight characters and key terms from The Hobbit and circle each one in a word search puzzle.
Leave your hobbit hole and start an adventure with J. R. R. Tolkien's timeless tale of dwarves, dragons, and hobbits.
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.
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.
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.
Learners create fantasy stories. In this creative writing lesson, students write a fantasy where they can use characters that they have read about in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Students participate in an activity that familiarizes them with riddles. They have studied riddles in Tolkien's The Hobbit and now they are going to create their own pop-up riddle book.
Students 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."
Review some of the challenging vocabulary as your class begins The Hobbit. Twenty vocabulary words are introduced in two exercises. In the first, learners answer questions using some of the target vocabulary. Then, in part two, they use a different set of 10 words to complete fill-in-the-blank statements. 

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