Archive | February, 2013

All in the Family

The theme that arose out of today’s reading was relationships. As some of the initial characters are being introduced in Chapter 1 of Fellowship of the Ring, my students are fascinated with how the characters’ lives interact within the setting of Middle-Earth and which characters have continued with us on our journey after reading The […]

The Journey Begins

On February 22, 2013, my class of 13 fifth and sixth-grade ESOL students began reading The Lord of the Rings. Due to a fire drill that day, we had a shortened class period and were only able to read a short portion of text. Each student was given a 6×9 steno pad with instructions to […]

Packing for the Trip

A part of any successful book launch in a guided reading lesson is allowing students to preview the text. Prior to starting the book, our first lesson on Lord of the Rings began on February 21, 2013. My students were amazed at the massive size of the text they were about to read. The edition […]

Setting the Stage

Genesis for the Journey Our classroom journey through Middle-Earth began in December of 2012. Searching for a “hard” book that my 5th and 6th grade ELL (English Language Learner) students would be able to read led me to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Due to the anticipated popularity of Peter Jackson’s film adaptation, I thought it […]