Middle School Language Arts with Lord of the Rings/Hobbit

This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class will take students on an unexpected MSLA journey (to there and back again), with Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves, through Middle Earth as we explore J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord or the Rings Series.

Our study will begin with an overview of Beowulf. Tolkien integrated many of its themes into The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. A brief study of his life will give students a fresh perspective on this intriguing, and extremely intelligent man, as well as enlighten them on Tolkien’s intent in writing this series.

There will be hands-on projects to enhance learning objectives. A sample of these include: creating a map of Middle Earth, learning poetic devices through the numerous songs and poems used throughout the novels, and a study of behavior and etiquette among the various races. Using literary devices—like symbolism, irony, foreshadowing, poetic justice, diction, and personification—students will gain a deeper understanding of Tolkien’s work. Each novel will culminate in a final project and oral presentation.

All general language arts concepts of spelling, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing will be utilized in this study. This will be accomplished with worksheets, quizzes, essay writing, class discussions, vocabulary studies, group activities and test.

Instructor will supply and print material including the following text:

  • The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Items to be supplied by students: 3 ring binder, pens/pencils, and paper

Class homework requirements: will include reading assigned text, and may include study guide work, essay writing, research and projects, test.

Time: 12:55-2:25
Grades: 6-8
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $75
Tutor: Rhonda Clark

Covid Contingency Plan

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects the ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. The students and I will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments will be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. I will also make myself available for one-on-one feedback during the assigned class time, or at a time that is convenient to your child. The goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.