Enjoy a complete set of Common Core based questions for The Hobbit! I utilize these for assessments, however, they could easily be used for literature circles or discussion guides as well. The page background color is set to white for the download not green as shown.
The set is broken up into the following chapters and common-core concepts:
Test 1 Chapters 1-5: Character, setting, conflict or exposition, theme, symbolism, similarity/differences, vocabulary, prediction, inference, genre, and a set of t/f. Test 1 is the longest of the tests because I like to make sure that the students are comprehending the story, the plot, and the characters.
Test 2 Chapters 6-7: Inference, prediction, analysis, symbolism, setting, character, and a set of t/f.
Test 3 Chapters 8-9: Analysis, theme, main idea, recall, similarities/differences
Test 4 Chapters 10-11: Context clues, comprehension, personification, theme, and a set of t/f.
Test 5 Final: Character, simile, summarization, analysis
Students must provide a lot of written responses on these tests but once I get on a roll I can grade them pretty quickly. Answer keys for each test are included.
Graphic story organizer: Separated into fourths by columns. From left to right: Character, setting, theme/symbolism, and literary terms or devices. As the chapters are discussed, students in my class number the individual entries for each column. This is a very complex story in terms of character in setting. The Hobbit also takes place in a world foreign to most of my 8th graders. I have found that if we take the time to write everything down as the story is read student comprehension increases.
When I teach The Hobbit, I go through a very deliberate process so that the students are able to fully immerse themselves in Middle-Earth. As an overview, this is how I normally approach this novel study:
For the first time, I will start with a trailer to the movie. This will help me to forge a connection and peak interest - I'm pretty excited that I have the option!
Next, I will introduce the author, J.R.R. Tolkien and present an overview of his biography. There are a lot of websites with photographs and information about Tolkien so it is easy to find some material.
Up next will be a focus on The Hobbit - introduce the book to include a look at when it was published and how the content connects to Tolkien on a personal level.
Before the unit I will have copied off the graphic story organizer front-to-back (so that the same image is on both sides of the paper). I also search online for copies maps. Usually, these maps are copied on to three separate pages. I'll have the area of Farthing or Bilbo's neighborhood on one page, Wilderland (Misty Mountains and Mirkwood) on a second page, and Lonely Mountain or Thror's map on the third. Recently, I've also added maps of the Elvenkings halls and Elrond's house but those are optional. Another optional choice is to find a copy of the runes translated to modern language.
As we start the story I have the students take copious notes. Characters are numbered and added to the organizer in order of appearance. The settings are numbered and added in order of travel. I also require students to find the settings on the maps and number those as we move through Middle Earth. This is valuable in the beginning because the story is so complex. Once they get used to the writing, the tone, and the whole concept students are able to create a picture of this world in their heads. Since the LEGO sets are coming out this year I thought it would be great to have student groups create LEGO Hobbit settings too!
I like to study The Hobbit because it provides a great platform for simile, metaphor, personification, character, setting, plot, symbolism, inference, prediction, etc. And when you factor in the songs, the riddles, and the runes - it's just so much fun! Depending on what else is happening in my school and my district, I usually spend around 5 weeks on the novel.
Check out our "Find Four" simile/metaphor interactive board game for The Hobbit as well.
Common Core Standards:
RL 7.1; RL 8.1; RL 9.1; RL 10.1
RL 7.2; RL 8.2; RL 9.2; RL 10.2
RL 7.4; RL 8.4; RL 9.4; RL 10.4
The Hobbit Support Materials Set by Melissa Detrick is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.