Food is a recurring motif in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit. It is used most frequently in connection with Biblo Baggin’s lament for the lost luxuriousness of his hobbit hole with its multiple pantries. However, food plays other purposes in this text.
Using a reference and explanation from How To Read Literature Like a Professor, the teacher can guide the students through examining the food motif and in finding, organizing, and categorizing textual evidence to write an organized paper. Included is a full page of notes for the teacher with chapter and page numbers that can be used to guide students in finding textual evidence, a discussion of food as a motif in The Hobbit, an instruction sheet for the teacher to use to explain to students how to accumulate evidence with examples of a thesis statement, a textual citation, an explanation of the citation, and a concluding statement. There is also a worksheet for students to complete to assist them to gather data and organize their citations and write their introduction and conclusion before beginning to write.