Describing Hobbits

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High School
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Students will read The Fellowship of the Ring and take notes while they read, so they can write a description of the hobbits. In the prologue, there is a good description that students can use as well as throughout the book. They need to paraphrase the comments and not copy them word for word.


To read for a specific purpose
To describe a hobbit
To write an essay describing hobbits

Materials Needed

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Notebook paper


First, the students need to obtain a copy of the book, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Then, they need to read the book and take notes of the different references to hobbits that describe their characteristics, personalities, and their habitats. While they take their notes, they need to write down the pages that contain their information so they can refer to those pages later. After they have finished reading the book, they can take their notes and write a description of the hobbits. Bilbo is the main character. They need to make sure they include Bilbo in their essay and other characters. Also, they can include any specific characteristics of Bilbo, and how these characteristics differ from the other hobbits. They can also include what Bilbo has in his pocket and why he doesn't seem to want to let it go.


You can grade their essays on the correct information they included in their papers, and you can make sure they didn't copy the information from the book, but they paraphrased the facts. You can also grade them on spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph structure, and how their essays flow. They want their paragraphs to read smoothly and flow together.

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