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The Hobbit Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Enhance your instruction on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit with a Study.com text lesson paired with ample opportunities for student analysis. If your students can't get enough of The Hobbit, take it further with suggested extensions and related lessons.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
  • identify literary elements in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.1

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3

Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3

Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Key Vocabulary

  • The hero's journey

Instructions

  • When all students have finished reading The Hobbit, ask them to create a timeline of 10 key events in the story using excerpts from the text to support their ideas.
  • When each students has completed his/her timeline, have students read the introduction and The Hero's Journey sections of the Study.com text lesson The Hobbit: Summary & Analysis.
  • As the students are reading, write the following on the board:
    • Call to action
    • Crosses the threshold
    • Faces a trial
    • Return home
  • Now, have the students apply the aspects of the hero's journey written on the board to their timelines by adding the labels to the corresponding events from the story.
  • When all students have finished labeling their timelines with the elements of the hero's journey, have them read the remainder of the text lesson. Did their application of elements of the hero's journey match up with the information provided in the text lesson? If not, ask students to correct their work now.
  • Finally, have students use the Internet and work in small groups to search for other story elements that are frequently a part of the hero's journey, sharing them with the class when complete.

Discussion Questions

  • How could Tolkien have included some additional elements of the hero's journey in The Hobbit?
  • What other stories can we identify that follow the hero's journey?

Extensions

  • Show the class the film adaptation of The Hobbit. When the movie is over, have students compare and contrast the events in the book with those featured in the film, identifying any discrepancies.
  • Ask students to create board games representing the characters and events in The Hobbit. Host a game day for students, allowing them to play one another's games.

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