Day 4

The Hobbit Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Thorin, Son of Thrain, Son of Thror, King Under the Mountain

    Kind of Activity:

    Individual Writing

    Objective:

    Read different opinions on the racial connotations of dwarven representation.

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.4

    Structure:

    Tolkien scholars have long suggested that the dwarves, in their quest to reclaim their homeland, are a representation of the Jewish people. Read the following article, which poses the idea that Tolkien's dwarves may be a "conscious inversion" of negative Jewish stereotypes.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/are-tolkiens-dwarves-an-allegory-for-the-jews/

    Then, have your students read the "Dwarves as Jews"...

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