Fellowship of the Ring Study Guide
The dark, fearsome Ringwraiths are searching for a Baggins….
Frodo Baggins has inherited a ring from his uncle, Bilbo, little knowing it is the Ring of Power that will enable Sauron to rule and destroy all that is good in Middle-Earth. From his humble and comfortable life, Frodo is thrust into a world so much bigger than he has imagined. How can one small hobbit make a difference against overwhelming odds and evil, and why continue when failure appears certain?
It is up to Frodo, with the help of the Fellowship, including his faithful servant and friend, Sam, and the old and wise wizard, Gandalf, to carry the One Ring to Mordor and destroy it.
Facing Ringwraiths, Orcs, heartbreaking loss, and danger every moment, the adventure begins.
Through J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of fantasy, hobbits, adventure, danger, loyalty, and courage, students will learn:
- Author Biography: Learn about J.R.R. Tolkien and the fascinating history behind the author and novel.
- Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
- Literary Techniques: Exposition, tone, paradox, anthropomorphism, homonyms, rhyme, point of view, rhythm, paradox, comic relief, setting, alliteration, assonance, foreshadowing.
- Moral Lessons and Character Values: God is in control, pity, self-awareness, advice, true friends, Word of God guides us, ethnocentrism, temptation, flee from sin, pray, seek counsel, God provides strength, prisoner treatment.
- Activities and Writing Assignments: Read the prequel, mapwork, Tom Bombadil, novel prologue, crossword puzzle, debate, compare & contrast paper, character journal, walking tour, use of color, art, blind walk, travel account, class discussions, poem, Tolkien’s Poetry—mini poetry element study, oral reading, title.
- Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!
Among the many companies that offer a literature guide or study guide to use with a novel, Progeny Press does a beautiful job incorporating scripture into their literary analysis. I like how their guides begin with more basic comprehension questions and evolve into more challenging questions that encourage deeper thinking. Think of it as moving from who, what and where into the how and why’s. With Progeny Press, students are asked to draw comparisons between the literature they are reading and the Bible. Your student will use their own Bible in their preferred version.
New to literature study guides? They are an independent and flexible option for adding a literature component to your language arts. As your student reads a novel, the guide provides a framework, something like a workbook. The guide might suggest each learner read chapters 1 and 2, then answer some questions. Students answer directly in the guide. From a parent’s viewpoint, this is a time saver! You can set a schedule if you like, or just open their guide and ask them a question! Students love talking about what they are reading, whether they like it or not. Parent educators get a sense of the investment in the book each child has based on their remarks. In addition, parents could easily develop and add some deeper questions into an essay too.
Progeny Press has many titles to choose from. The age groups overlap in places because, well, that is not an exact science, is it? One student may read a book at age 10 and another at age 14. The age groups help a parent determine if the novel’s content is likely appropriate for a child’s age. Reading comprehension and literary analysis are an important component of any ELA year. A typical number of novels with guides is 4-6 a year, or 2-3 per semester. Some novels may take only a couple weeks to complete, while others take up to 8 weeks. Guides are currently available as softcover books, PDF format on CD-ROM, or PDF downloads available directly from the publisher at (progenypress.com). The guides are reproducible within one classroom or family.
Each guide includes:
- a concise synopsis of the book
- information about the book’s author
- background information pertinent to the story
- suggestions for activities relating to the subject matter
- introduction of literary terms
- vocabulary exercises for each section of reading
- comprehension, analysis, and application questions for each section of reading with discussion of related Biblical themes
- a complete answer key and suggestions for further reading
Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.