This is a lesson plan for a class culminating activity that engages, and requires, individual focus during the entire reading of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien by assigning each student a character to follow in the novel that he or she will eventually portray during his or her attendance at a class Hobbit Banquet. Reading grades can be taken throughout the reading, as students take notes on their assigned character’s development throughout the novel, while the culminating project results in both reading and writing grades, as “characters” give toasts to the “assembly” introducing themselves and describing what they have learned and how they have changed as a result of their journey. Materials in this packet include a step by step procedure for a close reading of The Hobbit, whether in groups or as a read aloud, and the culminating Hobbit Banquet activity; a list of 24 + characters from the novel to use when assigning students a character; a printable student hand-out assignment sheet; a printable student note-taking guide and organizer; printable student directions with the grading rubric for the final Banquet Project; a sample banquet speech for the Teacher as Gandalf; a printable Banquet Invitation with accompanying rubric for Teacher use. I have done this with both 4th and 5th grade classes, reading The Hobbit as a read aloud while students read along with copies that I provide, they provide, and that come from the county and school libraries. I usually have corrective readers in my class, and this novel, as a read aloud, is a great equalizer. Everyone learns to make sense of the language of the text as we read along, and most of the kids do an incredible job, including corrective readers. You will be glad you decided to try it.