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The Hobbit
Study Guides and Lesson Plans for the Classroom Study of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien

About The Hobbit:
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a "little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves." He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, "looking for someone to share in an adventure," Baggins fervently wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit's doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.

The dwarves' goal is to return to their ancestral home in the Lonely Mountains and reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, they and their reluctant companion meet giant spiders, hostile elves, ravening wolves--and, most perilous of all, a subterranean creature named Gollum from whom Bilbo wins a magical ring in a riddling contest. It is from this life-or-death game in the dark that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, would eventually spring. Though The Hobbit is lighter in tone than the trilogy that follows, it has, like Bilbo Baggins himself, unexpected iron at its core. Don't be fooled by its fairy-tale demeanor; this is very much a story for adults, though older children will enjoy it, too. By the time Bilbo returns to his comfortable hobbit-hole, he is a different person altogether, well primed for the bigger adventures to come--and so is the reader.
--Alix Wilber, editorial review

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Check for The Hobbit in boxed set edition and Annotated Hobbit
Also available as a stageplay, see The Hobbit: Playscript

The Hobbit : A Unit Plan

Complete lesson plans for teaching Tolkein's The Hobbit. Includes introduction to the unit, unit objectives, reading assignments, unit outline, study questions (short answer), study/quiz questions (multiple choice), vocabulary worksheets, daily lessons planned, related nonfiction reading assignment, oral reading evaluation, biographical information about the author, three detailed writing assignments (inform, persuade, personal opinion), vocabulary review games and activities, unit review games and activities, at least one group activity assignment, discussion questions on all levels (factual, critical, interpretive, personal response), 3 short answer unit tests, 2 multiple choice unit tests, unit and vocabulary crossword puzzles, unit and vocabulary extra worksheets and games, bulletin board ideas, ready-to-copy student materials, answer keys, and more!
CD-ROM: 190 pages
Publisher: Teacher's Pet Publications, Inc.;

ISBN: 1583372849; (March 1, 2002)
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The Hobbit: A Teaching Guide

by Kathy Kifer (illustrator), Mary E. Podhaizer

Teaching Guide designed to develop an appreciation for literature and to improve reading skills, exploring critique and literature elements.

Paperback: 80 pages ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.21 x 10.98 x 8.58
Publisher: Garlic Pr;
ISBN: 0931993903; workbook edition (May 1998)
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A Guide for Using The Hobbit in the Classroom

This resource is directly related to its literature equivalent and filled with a variety of cross-curricular lessons to do before, during, and after reading the book. This reproducible book presents an exciting approach to teaching well-known literature! It includes sample plans, author information, vocabulary building ideas, cross-curriculum activities, sectional activities and quizzes, unit tests, and many ideas for culminating and extending the novel.

Paperback: 48 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 10.93 x 8.49
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1557344051; (June 1, 1992)
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The Hobbit Study Guide - As Related to the Bible

by Michael Poteet
Easy-to-use, reproducible lessons on literary terms, comprehension and analysis, critical thinking, related scriptural principles, vocabulary, activities, plus a complete answer key.

Ring-bound: 72 pages
Publisher: Progeny Press
ISBN: 1586091735
(August 1, 2000)
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J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit": A Study Guide from Gale's "Novels for Students" [DOWNLOAD: PDF]

This downloadable e-doc contains: plot summary; character analysis; author biography; an overview of the novel's themes, style, and historical context; a survey of critical opinion; excerpts from works of leading critics; study questions; suggestions for further reading; and much more. Both Windows and Mac compatible.


Other Tolkien Study Guides also available:

bulletThe Fellowship of the Ring Study Guide
by Michael S. Gilleland
Ringbound, 108 pages
bulletThe Two Towers Study Guide
by Michael Poteet
Ringbound, 11- pages

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