# 004235

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Item #: 004235
ISBN: 9780345339683
Grades: 5-AD

Product Description:

Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is chosen to help the dwarves recover their lost treasure. Adventure and journey follow in this fantasy about elves, dwarves, goblins, and other magical, mystical creatures by writer J.R.R. Tolkien.

Category Description for Ready Readers:

Embracing the Socratic methodology of literature instruction outlined in Teaching the Classics, the Ready Readers provide a welcome pick-up-and-go option.for those who want fleshed-out lesson plans. The Readers are exactly that - whole book studies that encompass both comprehension and literary analysis. Discussion-based, the studies are designed to involve the student in question answering and analysis in several general areas - setting, characters, conflict, plot, theme, literary devices, and context. Having identified the best Socratic questions in each area for this particular book, the teacher is aided in handling the discussion by talking point answers. Also provided for each study is a one page summary of the book and a story chart. Although they don't specifically say so, there is an "empty" story chart that looks like it's designed to be copied and then filled out by the student. A completed chart graphically outliming the major structural and thematic elements of each story is provided for the teacher.

Each of the Readers features books in a designated reading level range. The studies however, can be used with students who are somewhat older. In fact, the authors recommend that each year begins with a study that is somewhat below the student's reading level. This serves to acquaint the student with the Socratic methodology and familiarize both the student and the teacher with the discussion environment. The Readers can be used with any unabridged version of the literary selection.

These Readers are a welcome addition to the Teaching the Classics line-up of literature studies. With Teaching the Classics, the parent/teacher receives an excellent introduction to the world of Socratic literary discussion and the tools she/he will need to effectively set up meaningful literature studies. Reading Road Maps - by the same authors - flesh out the process a little more and provide all the "answers," so to speak for 100 favorite books. Still, there are many of us who want more - more guidance and direction - as we embark down this discussion path that we may enthusiastically embrace "theoretically." The sample studies in Teaching the Classics are a starting place, but I would probably be one of those who would like more examples before feeling entirely comfortable setting out on my own armed only with my literature selection and a list of Socratic questions. So, thank you Missy Andrews.

The Readers thoroughly provide all the elements needed for a comprehensive and meaningful literature study. I can already hear the question being asked. "If they're so thorough, do I really need to watch the Teaching the Classics video seminar?" I have no doubt that the Andrews would answer with an emphatic "yes!" The Readers are obviously designed to complement the TTC series rather than replace it. While someone picking up a Reader could probably do a passable job of leading a discussion on any particular book, the fullness and richness of that same study conducted by a TTC "graduate" will make that "passable" job seem pale by comparison. So, to summarize the relationship between these products: Teaching the Classics provides the philosophical and methodological foundation. Reading Road Maps provides "framing" for 100 books, while the Ready Readers provide a complete finishing off of a literary "room" for a different series of books. ~ Janice

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Mass Market
Series Title
The Lord of the Rings Ser.
General Adult
Bilby (Books I Love Best Yearly) Award ( WON AWARD ) 1997
J.R.R. Tolkein
Softcover Book
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0.3688 (lbs.)
6.75" x 4.25" x 1.0"
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Juan M on Aug 8, 2022
I lost the copy i had from 40 years ago and now my son is reading this for literature.
Angela L on Sep 10, 2021
Juan M on Aug 8, 2022
Class requirement
Glynn C on Jul 11, 2022
I lost the copy i had from 40 years ago and now my son is reading this for literature.
Angela L on Sep 10, 2021
school book list
Melissa H on Aug 28, 2021
School purchase
Gerrit H on Jan 27, 2021
daughter wants to read this for lit
Rita B on Jan 12, 2021
Recommended for the literature course I'm teaching.
Shelley G on Aug 8, 2020
Needed it for Classical Conversations Challenge 2 (10th grade) British Literature.
Melissa R on Jul 1, 2020
summer reading
Robert W on Jun 17, 2020
Classical Conversations Required Reading
Kristy on May 13, 2020
Necessary for Language Arts unit.
Deirdre D on Oct 6, 2019
required for school
Allyson N on Aug 9, 2019
required for literature class.
Lanette F on Jun 13, 2019
We listened to the audiobook as a family and loved it! My daughters often like to go back and read the book for themselves after becoming a fan through the audiobook.
User on Jan 28, 2019
Needed a replacement book for Memoria Press literature.
Katherine B on Oct 19, 2018
Required for homeschool co-op literature class.
Amy C on Jun 13, 2017
To go with the Study Guide.
Kimberly V on Feb 2, 2017
for school; best price I could find, even with shipping.
Christine W on Feb 3, 2016
Class requirement
Glynn C on Jul 11, 2022
school book list
Melissa H on Aug 28, 2021
Are there any maps or illustrations in this version?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. There are 2 two-page spreads of maps in the front of the book: a map of Wilderland and Thror's map.
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Rated 5 out of 5
We enjoy all JRR Tolkien books. Good read for anyone who enjoys Fantasy/Adventure books!
June 1, 2018
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