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  1. I asked this question on the GB, but thought I would ask here in case any of you don't read the GB forum. I am getting ready to develop a lit yr based on LOTR for my rising 9th grader. We will be using LLfLOTR, but this particular child is an advanced student that loves to analyze literature and language (she actually sees herself as a linguist one day). She has asked that we go beyond LL and learn about how Tolkien created LOTR and the works that influenced him. Since I am not a serious Tolkien fan at this kind of level (I am a fan, but a reading fan, but not a "tackling all things Tolkien" type fan), I was hoping that maybe someone on here might have some insight. I have already read and own, Kreeft's Philosophy of Tolkien and Pearce's Tolkien: Man and Myth. So those we will read, but that is not what she is asking for. I am wondering if the History of LOTR http://www.amazon.co...=A2M4Z83ZJUHG3D would be what she wants? Or Letters of Tolkien http://www.amazon.co...d=ATVPDKIKX0DER She also wants to incorporate The Silmarilliion and some of the Unfinished Tales. This part gets my head spinning b/c I don't know what order we should read things in. And, do we read the Unfinished Tales or should we read Children of Hurin or The Book of Lost Tales, etc? Any insight that may be offered would be appreciated. She really wants to understand the process that he went through as an author to create the work he did. Thanks!
  2. Hello, I am seriously considering teaching Lit Lessons from LOTR in our co op for high school credit No one is doing anything like this, so it's filling a gap Eventually, I want to teach histories (my passion) and Excellence in Lit classes, but just not yet Any recommendations? The idea is exciting and scary at the same time I've never taught any class, just my two children, who are fanatics about LOTR and my son has read The Silmarillion and other Tales included in the book, so he will he very helpful Some things I plan on doing to prepare: Watch and work thru Teaching the Classics Study the other books in the Lit Lessons Finish reading How to Read a Book I will not be requiring essays this first year of teaching, as I don't feel qualified yet to grade other children's work, so it will be mainly a discussion-based course, and maybe other material in the student book, I don't know yet Participation will be a necessity (and bringing Lembus bread on Frodo and Bildo's birthday and on the Gondorian New year gets you extra credit!) Anyway, any suggestions? Warnings? Thanks, Rachel
  3. Are there additional readings suggested with this? Reading the Tolkien books sounds fantastic, but are other books scheduled in there too, to make a wider variety and heftier list for the year? Or do you have to schedule those yourself, and if so, is that pretty doable, or does it make it really difficult to fit all the Tolkien components plus additional readings in? I'm envisioning doing this in ninth or tenth grade, whenever DD studies medieval history (it'll be ninth if I line her up with the younger students so we can all enjoy some family medieval excitement, tenth if I keep her on her own rotation, which would have ancients in ninth, but I'm not opposed to moving it to tenth or even twelfth), but there are other things I want her to read to go with medieval history too. Second, would it work well to use LLfLOTR along with one of the Writing With Skill books (either 2 or 3, depending on how the schedule falls)? It sounds like LLfLOTR has writing assignments but not a lot of writing instruction. I could easily make it two credits of English, or 1.5, depending on how many hours it all actually takes. I'm looking for the balance between sufficient and overkill, kwim?
  4. My dd is interested in LOTR. Thought we would just read and discuss. Could I use LLOTR lit guide before WTTW? What I'm trying to ask is, is there a preference of which one I use first? Is one more difficult than the other? We are using TTC now, she has completed LL7-8. I was going to wait until 9th to have her use WTTW then possibly use EIL the rest of high school. Whatcha think I should do?
  5. My oldest daughter is deeply in love with LOTR and the Hobbit. My husband has been reading the books aloud to her over the last few months and she eats, breaths and lives the stories. She has started wearing her furry boot slippers (hobbit feet) and hooded bathrobe in the middle of summer so she can be more like a Hobbit. I bought her this set of CDs to feed her obsession and she has been listening to it non-stop for weeks now. It is very well done and it has added an extra dimension to the story. As a nice bonus, she has now memorized quite a few of the poems from the book by listening to it. Highly recommended for any Tolkien fan young or old. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EU1JL0/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  6. I bought the Narnia series on audiobook for my nine year olds. They loved all seven books. I think they listened to the series twice. I then bought Lord of the Rings Trilogy on audiobook, because I thought it would be similar and they would enjoy it. They gave it a try and said they were confused about what was going on. Are there any study guides or resources that would make explain things?
  7. would you consider must-haves for a homegrown Tolkien study? 'Cause we still have time to totally revamp our plans for fall, so we are. :tongue_smilie: The Carpenter biography is at the top of my list. Annotated Hobbit, or focus on the trilogy, then other Tolkien works? Complete Guide to Middle Earth or Tolkien's World from A to Z? The Tolkien Reader or Middle English Reader? Tales Before Tolkien or Tales from the Perilous Realm? Too.many.choices. :001_tt2: Top two or three? We already have Hobbit, trilogy, Children of Hurin, and a couple more (from my Tolkien days). This is for an 8th grader, strong reader, lots of interest and excitement over spending a year on something he already adores. It won't be attached to his history, and he'll do at least parts of Art of Poetry for one semester. I'm aware of Literary Lessons, just can't squish it out of what's left in the school budget. I've found the linked resources on the LLFLOTR site, tolkienprofessor.com lectures, and the Houghton Mifflin lesson plans.
  8. I am sure that this has been answered before, but I can't find it. :glare: What is the best audio recording for The Lord of the Rings? Thanks, Polly
  9. I've been wondering about this for some time now and have searched some online for this, but I haven't found what I'm looking for yet. I may need to create this on my own... My dds are both obsessed with Tolkien right now. I would love to use this natural interest and allow some of their enthusiasm to transfer into writing assignments. My younger dd let me read some more of her creative writing which is very good and Tolkien-inspired too!:D We started discussing what we might do for her upcoming change in grammar/writing curricula. She shared with me that she would love to have writing assignments that used Tolkien's writings. So, I have three questions... 1. Does any curricula exist that uses Tolkien as a model for writing assignments? I do have Killgallon's Sentence Composing for Elem. and one for Middle School, but these focus on the sentence level only. This will be great, but I'm looking for assignments involving paragraphs and more too. 2. If this doesn't exist, would anyone be willing to share some potential ideas for writing assignments for my 8th grader? 3. The same question as #2, but for my 2nd grader? (She writes well above her level. I say this not to appear as if I'm bragging. This is just where she is, and it mystifies me too.:D I'm not sure I could put a grade level on it, but she absorbs writing in a way I've never seen before. My degree is in education so I have seen the typical levels for all grades from 1-6. Her sentence structure is amazing and she has picked up punctuation naturally.) Any suggestions would be great!!
  10. My dd is already loving the LOTR series by Tolkien. She is interested in more of his books. I would love to pick up a couple for Christmas for her. Does anyone have any favorites that I might consider? She is reading/learning the "elvish" language online. I might like a book for that too, if that exists!:lol: Thanks!
  11. We've had a few threads on the topic of why reading fiction is worthwhile, especially if it is a worthy passtime for Christians. I've been listening to a series of lectures on J. R. R. Tolkien from iTunes called The Tolkien Professor. The lecture "How to Read Tolkien and Why" spends about ten minutes discussing Tolkien's view of the role of an author as sub-creator and how this reflects truth even when it is completely made up. Tolkien especially felt that a story didn't have to be a specific allegory (like The Chronicles of Narnia) to reflect creation and truth. The comments by the lecturer, Corey Olsen, are really interesting. I think that he is pulling from several sources, but especially Tolkien's essay On Fairy Stories (which seems to be found in The Tolkien Reader). I thought that this would be of interest considering how often we discuss what books are worthy of reading and why.
  12. I came across these awhile ago and downloaded them. They look pretty good with great questions, vocabulary, extra reading, etc. I may use it for literature in the next year or two. Anyone else use it or think it might look good?
  13. http://www.bornofhope.com "A lady in England, Kate Madison, has managed to film a story taken from -- literally -- two paragraphs in the first appendix of The Lord of the Rings, concerning the parents of Aragorn."
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