Lesson Plans for Secondary School Educators
Unit Two: Runes, Riddles, and a Ring of Power
Content Focus: The Hobbit, Chapters I VII
Thematic Focus: The Magic of Language
Rivendell ... Lothlórien . . . Númenor . . . Galadriel . . . Aragorn . . . Barad-dûr . . . Rohirrim . . . Silmarillion: the forests and mountains of Middle-earth echo with musical words, strange names, and lyrical Elven phrases. Having read the first half of The Hobbit, students can now begin experiencing its themes, its meaning, and Tolkien's delight in language.
By the end of Unit Two, the student should be able to:
Indicate what a philologist does.
Write a sentence using Anglo-Saxon runes.
Obtain etymological information from an unabridged dictionary.
Paraphrase Tolkien's critique of the hoarding instinct.
Discuss the idea of "not knowing what you do not know."
Unit Two Content
Comments for Teachers
These lesson plans were written by James Morrow and Kathryn Morrow in consultation with Amy Allison, Gregory Miller, Sarah Rito, and Jason Zanitsch.
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