The Hobbit Unit

Students will be going on an adventure while reading prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The book introduces the reader to creatures great and small and opens the door to a magical world where good and evil are in constant battle.

This unit will focus on comparing and contrasting the book with the films, argumentative writing, close reading, analyzing text, citing evidence to promote critical thinking, as well as narrative creative writing.  To accomplish this, students will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and several supplementary texts.  They will write reflective journal entries, creative writing pieces, have discussions and debates.  At the end of the unit students will write an argument paper about the heroic journey, as well as create a multi-media book report.

Personality Quiz: 

Essential Questions:

  • Who can be a hero?

  • Do heroes and heroines have to be “world famous”?

  • Do you have to admire everything about a person for them to be a hero or heroine?

  • Is a hero someone we simply admire, respect, look up to?

  • Is a hero some kind of "superhero" with "super powers?"

  • Does it take a lot of money and fame to be a hero?

  • What's involved in being a hero?

  • Can we call ourselves a hero?

  • Will good always conquer evil?

  • Does Adventure require travel to far-off lands?

  • Is humankind inherently good or evil?

Norse Myths
Read the creation myth:

Hobbit Reading Calendar

To see handouts from class, go to Forms and Docs

Vocabulary Lists
See lists by chapters:


Tolkien Author biography quiz

Subpages (1): Hobbit Project and Paper