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The Hobbit Summer Reading Group #2

The Hobbit Summer Reading Group #2

The Hobbit Book Club offers a fun setting where students can enjoy the love of reading together. Students will read one modern classic over the course of six weeks, discussing the book in a relaxed and interactive setting with attention given to whatever topics interest them most about the story. In this guided reading through the Hobbit, we will emphasize language, themes, and bring in parts of Tolkien’s history as it pertains to the narrative focus of the story; namely, his Christian heritage and his particular attention to cultivating truth, virtue, and beauty in the reader and by extension the wider world.

Discussions will be thought-provoking, intended to expose students to the elements of literature, teach literary analysis without the burden of formal assignments, and grow rhetorical insight. Through our student management system Canvas, students will be able to informally continue to converse about the book with their peers on our class discussion board. This informal writing of thoughts and insights into the plot of the story will further enrich the learning. For the final week, students will be asked to choose from an array of culminating activities that will enhance learning and allow further discovery through creative expression. Presentations for these culminating projects will be given on the final day.

The Hobbit Book Club will be an opportunity for students to value one another as readers and learners. Reading in turn becomes a social activity, and this encourages them to keep reading, increasing their comprehension and the ability to express their thoughts.



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Required Course Materials:

  •  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (see syllabus for link)
  • Composition Notebook”

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Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

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  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.



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