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Figurative Language With Tolkien: Writing in Middle-earth - Ages 10-14

In this ongoing class, middle school and junior high students will develop their writing voice by learning some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s favorite devices.
Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
25 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students will learn to:
•	Define rhetorical devices and types of figurative language
•	Analyze writing that uses both classic and innovating devices
•	Explain the effects of these devices
•	Develop their voice by creating sentences and paragraphs using these devices
I have a bachelors and masters in English and certificate in Digital Humanities from Texas A&M University in May 2021. I wrote my thesis on Christianized Germanic heroism in Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. I am also a member of the international Tolkien Society.

I worked for three semesters as a graduate assistant teacher for undergraduate courses in literature and technical writing. I also have many years of experience working with children from freelance tutoring elementary through high school and volunteering with Girl Scouts and church.
Assessment is informal, through class participation and in-class writing assignments.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Quotes used in class may contain spoilers for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Quotes may also include poetic descriptions of battles (never in graphic detail—Tolkien doesn’t write that way) or hints at the sense of loss that pervades his Middle-earth writings.
Class content draws from the following books, all by J.R.R. Tolkien:
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
1. The Fellowship of the Ring
2. The Two Towers
3. The Return of the King
The Silmarillion


Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
Lives in the United States
The Wonder of Words
25 total reviews
32 completed classes

About Me

My name is Rebecca Baumgarten. I have a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Texas A&M University, focusing on the fiction and scholarship of J.R.R. Tolkien.

I am an adjunct professor of English at Collin College in north Texas, where I teach... 
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