Tales from Tolkien: A Study of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy- Grades 8 (mature) – 12 – Spring 2022 – 10 Weeks
Tuesday, March 29 2022 @ 3:00PM - Tuesday, June 14 2022 @ 12:30PM EDT| $250.00
Bring the movies to life! Books allow our imagination to flourish and details to be absorbed … while learning. The immensely intelligent J.R.R. Tolkien is famous for the imaginative worlds of Middle-earth and unique concept of mythopoeia. We can understand why his epic trilogy; The Lord of the Rings is so vastly popular that it has reached cult status. Today, Tolkien’s fiction is not only a literary classic, but it’s also instrumental to the growth and popularity of the genre of modern fantasy. Students in this course will have the opportunity to read Tolkien’s work for pleasure, as well as discover the historical, mythological and literary backgrounds of his tales. Students will come away with a new appreciation and understanding of Tolkien’s epic stories.
Each day, we will start with a timed creative opener. This allows students to clear their minds and focus on the class. We will then cover student questions from the reading or homework assignments. Discussion is next of the assigned chapters and readings for the week, including a lecture on the topics. Questions and discussion are encouraged. There will be weekly projects and written assignments, 3 journal assignments, a creative project, as well as a midterm and final paper.
by the end of the class, students will…..
1. Acquire a familial and critical knowledge of The Lord of The Rings as well as the Medieval literature that informs it.
2. Acquire knowledge of the historical and cultural background which informs The Lord of The Rings.
3. Read and discuss The Lord of the Rings trilogy for pleasure and for its insight into the human condition.
4. Demonstrate the skills associated with the practice of literary criticism, including writing and formatting, research skills, and methods of analysis.
This class is equivalent to a .5 high school credit of English.
Students can expect approximately three hours. Homework will consist of reading, short answer and longer answer writing prompts.
NOTE: Registration deadline is March 1, 2022.
There must be a minimum of FIVE students to run this class.
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