This is a novel study unit in which students follow, and eventually become, a character from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, presenting speeches in a classroom Hobbit banquet of their own at the novel's end. “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. 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.
This lesson Includes:
1. Detailed lesson plan for close reading of the Hobbit--read aloud or student novel study groups
2. Printable student assignment sheets with directions for assignment reading focus
3. List of 24 + characters from the novel to use when assigning students a character
4. Printable student note-taking guide and organizer
5. Printable student directions for banquet "Presentation Toast"
6. Printable grading rubric for banquet "Presentation Toast"
7. Printable banquet speech for the Teacher as Gandalf
8. Printable banquet invitations
9. Printable Teacher rubric to use at the time of banquet