Teen Book Study: the Return of the King, the Lord of the Rings #3
A 10-week class where we read and discuss the third volume of The Lord of the Rings. Taught by a teacher who wrote her masters thesis on Tolkien.
Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
25 total reviews for this teacher
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 10 weeks
55 minutes per class
It’s hard to overstate the impact of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth writings on the fantasy genre and our cultural imagination. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are essential parts of any fantasy bookshelf. More than staples of popular culture, they are great works of literature dealing with themes such as heroism, vice and virtue, friendship, care for the natural world, and warfare (both political and spiritual). I am thrilled to offer this novel study on the third volume of Tolkien’s...
This class is taught in English.
In this class, students will learn to: • Write short answers in response to their reading • Understand characterization • Analyze the purpose of poetry in a novel • Define, analyze, and explain the purpose and techniques of metafiction • Define and give examples of eucatastrophe • Analyze themes in a work of literature
I have a bachelors and masters in English and graduate certificate in Digital Humanities from Texas A&M University. My thesis was titled "Endurance and Hope: Christian Heroism in Tolkien's Legendarium." I examined the interplay between Tolkien's fiction, his scholarship, his faith, and the old Germanic stories he loved so much. I have also written on Tolkien's work on mythology, fairytales, and medieval literature. I am currently an adjunct professor of English composition at Collin College in north Texas. I have also worked as a graduate assistant teacher of college English classes and freelance tutor for learners from elementary through college level, and I have many years of volunteer experience working with and teaching children in extracurricular activities.
We will read 2 chapters per week. Be aware that number of pages will vary. Students should come to class having already read the material listed for that week. The welcome message in the classroom lists all discussion questions by week. Each week, I will again post the upcoming meeting’s question. Students should post their responses (300-500 words) as replies to these weekly posts.
Students must have a copy of the book, any edition.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Assessment is informal, through answers to discussion questions and participation in class discussions.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The Lord of the Rings includes: • Magic • PG-13 violence: never glorified or described in graphic detail • Character deaths, lasting grief, and PTSD • Addiction: to the Ring, not to real-world substances • Use of alcohol and tobacco It may occasionally be necessary to touch on Tolkien’s own biography, including his linguistic and literary expertise, experience as a World War I veteran, and Catholic faith. These are not the focus of the class, though.
Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
Fantasy, Escape, Recovery, Consolation
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
25 total reviews
34 completed classes
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 (hence my headline). I am an adjunct professor of English at Collin College in...