Maria Johnson graduated with a degree in Humanities and Cultural Studies with Honors distinction. She primarily studied Early Christian literature and Latin. Her research in literature has been published and presented at conferences. She has been teaching Latin and English online for over five years.
J. R. R. Tolkien plays the role of a loquacious narrator throughout The Hobbit; as such, he is in continual dialog with the reader telling of Biblo’s epic adventure. Together, we will read chapters of The Hobbit, focusing on the topic of Bilbo’s bravery through the eyes of Tolkein, the narrator.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. We meet twice a week for 4 weeks, reading select chapters closely. After each class, learners will have the opportunity to complete their assigned reading and a writing challenge. Between class meetings, learners will need access to a word processor and The Hobbit so they can read more of the story
Sample Course Outline
This class has 8 meetings. We will read and analyze chapters 1, 5, 12, and 19 of The Hobbit. The students are welcome to read the remaining chapters, though the teacher will provide the missing plot points for everyone. We will be answering these questions: How and when was Bilbo brave and courageous in The Hobbit? What role does Tolkien play in shaping Bilbo’s transformation for the reader? What makes Bilbo change and become more courageous? What can we learn from Bilbo’s transformation as portrayed by Tolkien?
Writing Bravery in The Hobbit is offered Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.