Fantasy Stories

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High School
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The students will write a fantasy of their own where they can use their own characters that they have read in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. They can use hobbits, dwarfs, elves, trolls, goblins, or any other fantasy character. They will also need to describe their characters' home environment. Their own stories need to have a different plot, setting, and theme. This assignment will help the students to understand the fantasy genre.


To learn about characters and their habitats
To outline characters and their habitats
To write their own fantasy stories using characters such as hobbits, dwarfs, elves, trolls, goblins, or other fantasy characters.
To understand the fantasy genre

Materials Needed

Notebook paper
Computer to type final copy


First, the students need to make a list of the characters they want to include in their fantasies. They can use any of the following characters: hobbits, dwarfs, wizards, trolls, goblins, or any other character they want to include in their fantasies. They might want to include normal people, too, which is what I did in the fantasy stories that I've written. Then, they need to write down a description of the characters and their home environments, so they will have it handy when they are ready to write their fantasy stories. After they have completed their short stories, they can submit them to you so you can grade them. When you have finished grading their papers, you might want to consider having some (especially the ones who wrote the best fantasies) or all of the students read their stories to the class.


You can grade the students on how well they wrote their fantasies and on sentence structure, paragraph structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

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