These are DO NOW activities to use as a bell ringer to the start of class for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein. It gets students editing and proofreading while also staying on topic with the text. The quotes come directly from the text. Students will receive the quote from the text with errors, and teacher has the fixed version to share after students complete. These can be written on the board by the teacher or copied onto a white board program such as a Promethean or Smartboard. Just copy the fix it to project, or cut the answer key and provide a copy to the students to fix on paper. For this activity students will identify who said it, how it is pivotal to the chapter, and fix the errors, without looking in the text. Find an example of the first chapter below. Great for getting students COMMON CORE ready by analyzing text as well as grammar and spelling.
The Bagginses had lived in the neighborhood of the hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectible, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventure’s or did any thing unexpected: you could tell what a Baggin’s would say on any question with out the bother of asking him. This is a story of how a Baggin’s had an adventure, and found him self doing and saying things alltogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbours' respect, but he gained – well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end.
The Bagginses had lived in the neighborhood of The Hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected: you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbors' respect, but he gained – well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end.