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Book Club on 'The Hobbit' by J. R. R. Tolkien

Dr. Anthony Radice
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A ten week course in which we will enjoy and appreciate J. R. R. Tolkien's classic together.

Class experience

  • Students will have an excellent overall understanding of the novel and be able to analyse the way in which Tolkien develops his central character.
I have three university degrees in literature - that's why I get to call myself 'Doctor' Radice. I've also taught literature for more than thirteen years in schools, to classes ranging from age nine to eighteen.
Homework Offered
Reading homework will be set from weeks one to nine. Your child can do this either by reading on their own, by listening to you read, or by listening to an audiobook. I recommend the audiobook read by Rob Inglis, which you can find on Audible here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Hobbit-Audiobook/B004EW5KKU (UK) https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Hobbit-Audiobook/B0099RKI5W (USA) The reading homework schedule will be as follows: Week One: Chapter One and Two. Week Two: Chapters Three and Four. Week Three: Chapters Five and Six. Week Four: Chapters Seven and Eight. Week Five: Chapters Nine and Ten. Week Six: Chapters Eleven and Twelve. Week Seven: Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen. Week Eight: Chapters Fifteen to Seventeen. Week Nine: Chapters Eighteen and Nineteen.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will have the option of submitting written work if they wish to receive feedback. Informal oral assessment will also take place in class.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students are provided with a guide to the text, which includes extracts, writing activities and quiz questions. They should also purchase a copy of the text itself for their reading homework. Other than this, they only need pen and paper.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
As you would expect in an exciting tale of adventure in dangerous lands, the novel contains some violent and frightening scenes, including fights with a dragon, trolls, giant spiders, goblins, and evil wolves. The main characters repeatedly encounter situations in which their lives are threatened. But the good guys triumph in the end.
Joined August, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree in English
Master's Degree in English
Bachelor's Degree in English
Non-US Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
Non-US Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
I am an English teacher and an English enthusiast - that’s why I spent so long studying English at university! I have three English degrees from two top British universities (Manchester and Leeds) and more than thirteen years of school teaching... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
55 min

Completed by 43 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-13
4-10 learners per class

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