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The Hobbit DIRECTED READING-THINKING ACTIVITY (DR-TA)
Pre-reading activity ¦ idea 2 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings on DVD Purpose of the Strategy: This is an alternative way to do a directed thinking activity, since students will be watching a movie which will help the teacher direct their thinking, instead of reading. The movie clip will help generate interest in the novel The Hobbit and give students a purpose for reading as they make predictions about the character of Bilbo Baggins and the plot of the novel. Students will probably be familiar with this movie, as it was a Hollywood blockbuster, and at the beginning of the movie, we meet a much older Bilbo Baggins. Directions: STEP ONE ¦ PREDICTING – Before showing the clip, let students know that Bilbo Baggins is the main character of The Hobbit and tell them to look for clues about his character. Now play the movie, starting with “Scene Two: Concerning Hobbits” and stopping after the second time he calls for Frodo to get the door. Have the students predict what Bilbo is like after learning about hobbits in general and seeing the inside of his house. Some questions might be: • What kinds of things does Bilbo like to do? • What kind of lifestyle does he lead? • Why do you think so? STEP TWO ¦ READING – The reading step will involve continuing to have the students watch clips from the movie to decide whether their predictions about Bilbo’s character are correct and to make new predictions about the novel. Play all of “Scene Four: Very Old Friends” for the students. Ask students if their predictions about Bilbo were accurate. Invite discussion and comments about their predictions. It is important that the students continue to make predictions at this point. Some questions to ask to invite further hypothesizing might be: • What do you think Bilbo is writing his book about? • From Bilbo’s reception of Gandalf, what do you think their relationship is like? How do you think they became friends? • You see Bilbo finger something in his pocket. What do you think it is? How do you think he got it? (Some students may know the answers to these questions from watching the movies.) • Bilbo says he wants to see mountains. Why do you think this is? STEP THREE ¦ PROVING – Once the students have had a chance to verify the accuracy of some of their predictions, ask them to find evidence in the images from the movie that supports their claim. At this point you can move on to the novel or continue going through steps one through three for more clips in the movie continuing to ask the students to make predictions about Bilbo and the plot of The Hobbit based on how he is now that he is 111 years old. “Scene Five: A Long-expected Party,” “Scene Twenty-three: Many Meetings,” and “Scene Twenty-nine: Bilbo’s Gifts” all have Bilbo in them and could be used.
Watts ¦ BYU ¦ 2007