Social Studies

Tolkien's Inspirations and Writings of Middle Earth

Explore 20th century events by following in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien to discover the different landscapes, circumstances and stories that inspired his creation and writings of Middle Earth.
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over 1 week


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How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

The following course objectives are from the Middle School Criteria of the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (

- Concepts such as beliefs, values, accommodation, adaptation, and assimilation.

Time, Continuity, and Change
- Concepts such as: chronology, causality, change, conflict, multiple perspectives, and cause and effect. 
- Key historical periods and patterns of change within and across cultures. 
- The origins and influences of social, cultural, political, and economic systems. 
- The contributions of key people, groups, and events from the past and their influences on the present. 

People, Places, and Environments 
- Human modifications of the environment. 
- The use of a variety of maps, graphic representations to help investigate the relationships among people, places, and environments. (comparing and contrasting; time-lines; geographical and locational maps)

Individual Development and Identity
- How personal, social, cultural and environmental factors contribute to the development and the growth of personal identity. 

Science, Technology, and Society
- Science and technology have had both positive and negative impacts upon individuals, societies, and the environment in the past and present. 
I am a graduate of Charleston Southern University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and History and currently am certificated in Elementary, Early Childhood, and Early Childhood Special Education. As a member of Learning for Justice, I am up-to-date on current issues and best teaching practices in order to align my classroom for the goal of to inform accurate details in a fun learning environment where children and youth feel respected, valued and welcome participants.

Professional Development Webinars Include: 

* Prejudice Reduction and Collective Action: Integrating the Anti-Bias Framework into All Disciplines (Rights & Activism / Instruction)
* Equity Matters: Confronting Implicit Bias (Bullying & Bias / School Climate)
* How Does a Government Create an Environment That Can Lead to Genocide? (Human Rights / Anti-Racism)
* Educating for Hope: Human Rights Education & Trauma Informed Instruction (Human Rights / Anti Racism)
* Race Relations on Intrepid Post World War II (Human Rights / Anti Racism)
3 hours 20 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Day 1: The Industrial Revolution
Dangerous and deadly working conditions; imperialism defined as European countries settled and established control over the indigenous people of an area. 

Day 2: World War I
Trench warfare; massive death tolls due to combat; imperialism defined as European countries settled and established control over the indigenous people of an area; nationalism as a concept that implies one’s nation, institution, or societal ideas is superior to all others.

Day 3: The Interwar Years
Violent uprisings; physical and physiological injuries due to combat; harsh living conditions including false imprisonment and/or murder; the ideological concepts of fascism as an authoritarian leadership whose emphasis on the unity of an integral nation is gained by the identification and 'cleansing' of all those deemed not to belong and the radical, extreme and violent commitment to destroy political enemies, communism's goal as 'to ensure everyone is equal in terms of rights, privileges, and material possession' compared to the realities of Lenin and Stalin, and liberal democracy as a government created by popular consent in the nation-state resting on popular sovereignty.

Day 4: The Writing and Revision of Lord of the Rings
Violent transfer of power; less tolerance for ethnic minorities; Kristallnacht (“Crystal Night” or “Night of Broken Glass”); barracks of concentration camp; labor camp work; passport stamped with J; invasion of Poland with planes and tanks; prisoners in Soviet labor camps; destruction of cities during the Blitz; resistance fighters; picture timeline stating that Hitler committed suicided. 


Adams, Terry. "Nationalism: A New Prejudice." ( 
Bellis, Mary. "The Most Important Inventions of the 19th Century." ThoughtCo, 2020. ( 
British Colonialism and Imperialism in East Africa, 4 February 2015. ( 
British History Online. Economic and Social History: Industry and Trade, 1880-1960. ( 
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. 1918 Pandemic Influenza Historic Timeline. ( Editors. "Battle of Amiens." (
Ilverai. "Allegory, No! Applicability, Yes!" (
Jewish Virtual Library ( 
Klaasen, Elisa Lee. "Tolkien's Tribute to England and its Roots in Beowulf." Olivet Nazarene University, 2019.
Lord of the Rings Wiki ( 
Pruitt, Sarah. "The WWI Origins of the Poppy as a Remembrance Symbol." ( 
Ray, Michael. "Weapons of WWI." ( 
This Day In History, History Channel. A&E Television Networks (
Tolkien Gateway ( 

Articles and Books:

Black, Edwin. War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race, 2012. Kindle Edition. 
Carpenter, Humphrey. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, 1982. HMH Books. Kindle Edition. 
Gerwarth, Robert. The Vanquished: Why World War I Failed to End War, 2016. Penguin Books. 
Kershaw, Ian. To Hell and Back: 1914 - 1949 Europe, 2015. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 
Llewellyn, Jennifer & Thomson, Steve. Nationalism as a Cause of World War I, 2020. Alpha History.
Loconte, Joseph. A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War, 2015. Kindle Edition. 
Manni, Franco & Bonechi, Simone. The Complexity of Tolkien's Attitude Towards the Second World War, 2005. 
Shippey, Tom, The Road to Middle-Earth, 2003. Houghton Mifflin Company.
Virginia Country History London. History of the County of Warwick: Volume 7, the City of Birmingham, 1964.


Janie Cline
Lives in the United States
Storyteller and Licensed Educator
366 total reviews
318 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Janie. I am a graduate of Charleston Southern University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and History, and am currently certificated in Elementary, Early Childhood, and Early Childhood Special Education. As a member of... 
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