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Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings

NOTE: These lesson plans apply only to the first edition. Lesson plans for the second edition are  included in the teacher's edition.

Lesson Plans for Middle School Students (suggested grades 7-9)

These are merely suggested plans. You can cut and paste these lesson plans in your own word processor program and adapt to your own needs or you can

Click here to download a pdf version of these assignments

General Suggestions for Younger Students:

1) If you wish to reduce the vocabulary, note the words in the curriculum marked with a ◊. These will note be included in the quizzes.

2) Writing assignments are merely suggestions. The number and choice of assignments is up to the instructor. Please take into consideration the age and ability of the student. We would suggest at least one writing assignment per week.

3) Some of the unit studies may be too difficult. These are marked below. You may wish to do these with the student or omit them. Or you may have the student read them, but not test them on the material.

4) Resource Links for Unit Studies are available here.


Day   1                     Read Literary Lessons pages 9-13

Day  2                      Read Lord of the Rings (LOTR) pages 1-15

                                Do Literary Lessons pages 17-19

Day   3                     Read LOTR pages 21-40                                       

Day  4                     Do Literary Lessons pages 20-24

Day  5                     Read LOTR pages 41-63

Day  6                     Do Literary Lessons pages 25-30

Day  7                     Read LOTR pages 64-83

Day  8                    Do Literary Lessons pages 31-34

Day 9                    Vocabulary Worksheet One (LL  pages 35-36)

                             Choose a writing assignment from LL Teacher’s Ed page 33

Day 10                  Vocabulary Quiz One (see LL T.E pages 623-624)

                             Read LOTR pages 84-95

Day 11                  Do Literary Lessons pages 37-40

                             Suggested writing assignment on page 39 (T.E.)

Day 12                  Read LOTR pages 96-106

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 41-43

Day 13                   Read LOTR pages 107-120

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 44-47

Day 14                  Read LOTR  pages 121-131

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 48-50

Day 15                  Read LOTR pages 132-145

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 51-54

                             You may wish to save question five for the next day’s

                                    writing assignment.

Day 16                  Vocabulary Worksheet Two – (LL pages 55-56)

                             Writing assignment page 54 (T.E.)

Day 17                  Vocabulary Quiz Two- (LL T.E. pages 625-626)

                             Read LOTR pages 146-159

Day 18                  Do Literary Lessons pages 57-60

                             Optional writing assignment page 60 (T.E)

Day 19                  Read LOTR p. 160-171

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 61-64

Day 20                  Read LOTR pages 172-191

Day 21                  Do Literary Lessons pages 65-68

Day 22                  Read LOTR 192-209

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 69-73

Day 23                  Vocabulary Worksheet Three (LL pages 75-76)

                             Writing assignment on page 73 (T.E.)

Day 24                  Vocabulary Quiz Three (LL T.E. pages 627-628)

                            Study for Test One (Use Study Guide One on pages 97-99)

Day 25                Test on Book One (pages 665-670; Optional Essay Question on page 674)


Day 26                 Read Literary Lessons pages 77-83 (Unit Study 1)

                            Choose writing assignment on page 83 and begin working on it.

Day 27                  Do Literary Lessons page 84-85

                             Finish writing assignment from page 83

Day 28                 Quiz on Unit Study One (p. 671-672)

                             Read Literary Lessons pages 86-93 (Unit Study 2)

Day 29                  Do Literary Lessons pages 95-96

                             Do project from page 94

Day 30                 Quiz on Unit Study Two (pages 673-674--omit essay question on page 674)

                            Finish project on page 94

Day 31                  Read LOTR pages 213-232

Day 32                  Do Literary Lessons pages 103-107

Day 33                 Read LOTR pages 233-264

Day 34                 Do Literary Lessons 108-118

Day 35                 Read LOTR pages 265-286

Day 36                  Do Literary Lessons pages 119-123

                             (you may want to save comprehension

                            question 2 for use as a writing  assignment

                            on the following day)

Day 37                 Do Vocabulary Worksheet Four (LL pages 125-126)

                             Optional writing assignment p. 122 (T.E)

Day 38                  Vocabulary Quiz Four (see LL T.E. pages 629-630)

                             Read LOTR pages 287-312

Day 39                 Do Literary Lessons pages 127-132

                             Optional writing assignment on page 131 (T.E)

Day 40                  Read LOTR pages 313-323

Day 41                  Do Literary Lessons pages 133-137

                             Choose a writing assignment from pages 136-137 (T.E)

Day 42                  Read LOTR pages 324-343

                             Finish writing assignment

Day 43                  Do Literary Lessons pages 138-142

Day 44                  Do Vocabulary Worksheet Five (pages 143-144)

                             Optional writing assignment from page 141

Day 45                  Vocabulary Quiz Five (see T.E. pages 631-632)

                             Read LOTR pages 344-357

Day 46                  Do Literary Lessons page 145-149

                             Choose one writing assignment on pages 148-149 (T.E.)

Day 47                  Read LOTR pages 358-370

Day 48                  Do Literary Lessons pages 150-154

                             Optional writing assignment from page 154 (T.E.)

Day 49                 Read LOTR pages 371-385

Day 50                  Do Literary Lessons pages 155-159

                             Optional writing assignments from page 158 (T.E.)

Day 51                  Read LOTR pages 386-398

Day 52                  Do Literary Lessons pages 160-164

                             Choose writing assignment from pages 162-164 (T.E.)

Day 53                  Vocabulary Worksheet 6 (pages 165-166)

                             Finish writing assignment from pages 162-164

Day 54                 Vocabulary Quiz 6 (see T.E. pages 633-634)

                            Study for Test Two (Use study guide on pages 203-205)

Day 55                  Test Unit Two (see T.E. pages 675-679; Optional Essay question on page 684)                           

Day 56                  Read Literary Lessons pages 167-174 (Unit Study Three)

                             Choose writing assignment from page 174.

Day 57                  Do Literary Lessons pages 175-176

                            Complete writing assignment on page 174.

Day 58                  Quiz on Unit Study Three (T.E. pages 680-681)

                            Do Literary Lessons pages 177-182 (Unit Study Four)

Day 59                 Read Literary Lessons 183-198 (Unit Study Five)

                             Choose writing assignment from page 198

Day 60                  Do Literary Lessons pages 199-202

                             Work on writing assignment

Day 61                  Quiz on Unit Study Five (pages 682-683)

                             Work on Writing assignment

                             (OPTIONAL- teacher may wish to have the

                                 students read or listen to an audio version of

                                one of these epics at this point.

                             See Student Resources for Epics on the website)

Day 62                  Read LOTR pages 403-410

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 209-212   

                             Optional writing assignment page 212 (T.E.)

Day 63                  Read LOTR pages 411-433

Day 64                  Do Literary Lessons pages 213-218

                             Choose writing assignment on pages 217-218 (T.E)

Day 65                 Read LOTR pages 434-449

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 219-223

Day 66                  Do Vocabulary Worksheet 7 on pages 225-226

                             Writing assignment from page 222 (T.E.)

Day 67                  Vocabulary Quiz 7 (see T.E. pages 635-636)

                             Read LOTR pages 450-476

Day 68                  Do Literary Lessons pages 227-232

                             Choose writing assignment from pages 230-232  (T.E)

Day 69                  Read LOTR pages 477-494

Day 70                  Do Literary Lessons pages 233-237

                             Optional writing assignment on page 237 (T.E)

Day 71                 Read LOTR pages 495 - 513    

Day 72                  Do Literary Lessons 238 - 244

                             Optional writing assignments on pages 242 - 243

Day 73                  Read LOTR pages  514 – 529

Day 74                  Do Literary Lessons pages 245 - 250

                             (note writing assignment for the

                            following day before assigning)

Day 75                  Vocabulary Worksheet 8 (pages 251-252)

                             Choose writing assignment from pages 249 -250.

Day 76                  Vocabulary Quiz 8 (see T.E. pages 637-638)

                             Read LOTR pages 530 - 545

Day 77                  Do Literary Lessons pages 253-257

                             Optional: Choose writing assignment

                             from pages 256-257 (T.E.)

Day 78                  Read LOTR  pages 546 – 561

Day 79                  Do Literary Lessons 258-262

                             (optional writing  assignment on page 262 (T.E.)

Day 80                   You may want to have students view or

                              read Macbeth at this point. Younger students may want to read a prose version.

                              See website under BOOK THREE for more resources.

Day 81                  Read LOTR pages 562 – 573

Day 82                  Do Literary Lessons pages 263-268

                             Optional- choose writing assignment from pages 267-268

Day 83                  Read LOTR pages 574-586

Day 84                  Do Literary Lessons pages 269- 274

                             (note writing assignment for the next day)

Day 85                  Vocabulary Worksheet 9 ) pages 275-276

                             Writing assignment from pages 272-274 (choose one)

Day 86                  Vocabulary Quiz 9 (See T.E pages 639-640)

                            Study for Unit Test Three (study guide pages 309-310)

Day 87                Unit Test Three (T.E. pages 685-690; optional unit study page 694)

                            TO READ THE POEM (UNIT STUDY 7) WITH YOUR STUDENT.           

                             Read and Do Literary Lessons pages 277-284 (Unit Study 6-A)

Day 89                  Do Literary Lessons pages 285-294 (Unit Study 6-B)

Day 90                  Do Literary Lessons pages 295-303 (Unit Study 7-A)

Day 91                  Do Literary Lessons pages 304-308 (Unit Study 7-B)

                             Choose writing assignment on page 307 and begin working on it.

Day 92                 Quiz on Beowulf pages (pages 691-693)

                            Writing assignment from page 307

                             Students may watch the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING at this point.

Day 93                 Read LOTR pages 589-605

Day 94                  Do Literary Lessons pages 313 – 317

                             Optional writing assignment pages 316-317

Day 95                  Read LOTR pages 606-621

Day 96                 Do Literary Lessons pages 318-323

                             Optional writing assignments page 321-322

Day 97                  Read LOTR pages 622-633

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 324-327

                             Optional writing assignment on pages 326

Day 98                  Read LOTR pages 634-647

Day 99                  Do Literary Lessons pages 328-332

Day 100                 Vocabulary Worksheet 10 (pages 333 - 334)

                              OPTIONAL: You may want to have students

                                read or view a version of The Tempest at this point.

                                Younger students may want to read a prose version.

                                See website under BOOK FOUR  for suggested resources.

Day 101                Vocabulary Quiz 10 (see T. E. pages 641-642)

                             Optional- finish The Tempest

Day 102                Read LOTR pages 648-667

Day 103                Do Literary Lessons pages 335-339

                             Optional writing assignment from pages 338-339

Day 104                Read LOTR pages 668-678

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 340-344

                             Optional writing assignment page 344 (T.E)

Day 105                Read LOTR pages 679-687

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 345-348

                             Note suggested writing assignment on page 348 for Day 106

Day 106                 Vocabulary Worksheet 11 (pages 349-350)

                             Optional writing assignment on page 348

Day 107                Vocabulary Quiz 11 (see T.E. pages 643-644)

                             Read LOTR pages 688-700

Day 108                Do Literary Lessons pages 351-355

                             Optional writing assignment page 355

Day 109                Do Literary Lessons pages 356-360

                             Optional writing assignment from pages 359-360

Day 110                Read LOTR pages 711-725

Day 111                Do Literary Lessons pages 361-366

Day 112               Vocabulary Worksheet 12 (pages 367-368)

                             Optional writing assignment from page 365

Day 113               Vocabulary Quiz 12 (see T.E. pages 645-646)

                            Study for Unit Test Four (Use Study Guide on page 399-400)

Day 114              TEST ON BOOK FOUR (See T.E. pages 695-700; optional essay question on page 706)


Day 115               Read Literary Lessons 369-376 (Unit Study 8)

                             Choose writing assignment from page 376 and begin

Day 116               Do Literary Lessons pages 377-378

                            Work on writing assignment

Day 117                Quiz on Unit Study 8 (See T.E. pages 701-702)

                            Complete writing assignment

Day 118               Read and do Literary Lessons pages 381-398

                             (Unit Study 9). You may need to take two days to complete this.

Day 119                Complete Poetry Unit study (9), if necessary.

                                Write poem (see page 398)

Day 120                Quiz on Poetry Unit Study ( see T.E. 703-705)




                            FOR THIS SECTION BY THEN.

Day 121                Optional Unit Study: Have students read

                            Literary Lessons pages 379-383 (UNIT STUDY 14-- MOVIES AND THE CLASSICS).

                            Then begin viewing THE TWO TOWERS.

Day 122               OPTIONAL: Finish viewing THE TWO TOWERS.

                            Write comparison paper- see page 583.

Day 123                Read LOTR pages 731-755

Day 124                Do Literary Lessons pages 403-410

                             Optional writing assignment page 410 (T.E)

Day 125                 Read LOTR pages 756-773

Day 126                Do Literary Lessons pages 411-417

Day 127                Vocabulary Worksheet 13 (pages 419-420)

                             Optional writing assignments  pages 416 (T.E)

Day 128                Vocabulary Quiz 13 (see T.E. pages 647-648)

                             Read LOTR pages 774-787

Day 129                Do Literary Lessons pages 421-425

                             Writing assignment on page 423 (T.E)

Day 130                Read pages LOTR pages 788-811

Day 131                Do Literary Lessons pages 426-433

                             Optional writing assignments page 432-433

Day 132                Read LOTR pages 812-820

                             Do Literary Lessons pages 434-436

Day 133                Read LOTR pages 821-831

Day 134                Do Literary Lessons pages 437-442

                             Note writing assignment for the following day

Day 135                Vocabulary Worksheet 14 (pages 443-444)

                             Optional writing assignments pages 442 (T.E)

Day 136                Vocabulary Quiz 14 ( see T.E. pages 649-650)

                             Read LOTR pages 832-839

Day 137                Do Literary Lessons from pages 445-448

                             Optional writing assignment on pages 447-448

Day 138                Read LOTR pages 840-853

Day 139               Do Literary Lessons pages 449-454

                             Optional writing assignment on page 453

Day 140                Read LOTR pages 854-864

Day 141                Do Literary Lessons pages 455-459

                             Choose writing assignment from pages 457-459

Day 142                Read LOTR pages 865-874

Day 143                Do Literary Lessons pages 460-464

                             Do Vocabulary Worksheet 15 –pages 465-466

Day 144                Vocabulary Quiz 15–see T.E. pages 651-652

                            Study for Test Five (Use Study guide on pages 497-499)

Day 145                Test on Book Five (See T.E. 707-712; Optional Essay Question on 716)


Day 146                Read Literary Lessons pages 467-475 (Unit Study 10)

Day 147                Do Literary Lessons pages 476-478

Day 148                Read Literary Lessons on pages 479-492 (Unit Study 11)

Day 149                Do Literary Lessons pages 493-495

                             Choose writing assignment from pages 492

Day 150                Quiz on Arthurian Romances--Unit Studies 10-11 (See T.E. 713-715)

                            Work on Arthurian writing assignment         

Day 151              Finish Arthur Project

                             Optional—View a movie about King  Arthur

                             or read another work from the list of suggested resources under the Arthur Link in the

                            Teacher’s Resources on the website.

Day 152                Read LOTR pages 877-894      

Day 153                Do Literary Lessons pages 503-507

                             Optional writing assignment from pages 506-507 (T.E.)

Day 154                Read LOTR pages 895-911

Day 155                Do Literary Lessons pages 508-512

Day 156                Vocabulary Worksheet 16 –pages 513 - 514

                             Optional writing assignment on pages 511-512

Day 157               Vocabulary Quiz 16- see T.E. page 653-654

                             Read LOTR pages 912-926

Day 158                Do Literary Lessons pages 515-520

                             Optional writing assignment page 520

Day 159                Read LOTR pages 927-936

Day 160                Do Literary Lessons pages 521-525

                             Choose writing assignments from pages 524-525

Day 161                Read LOTR pages 937-951

Day 162               Do Literary Lessons pages 526-530

                             Optional writing assignment pages 528-529

Day 163                Read LOTR pages 952-966

Day 164                Do Literary Lessons pages 531-535

Day 165                Vocabulary Worksheet 17-pages 536-537

                             Writing assignment from page 534

Day 166                Vocabulary Quiz 17- see T.E. pages 655-656

                             Read LOTR pages 967-974

Day 167                Do Literary Lessons pages 538-541

                             Optional writing assignment on page 541

Day 168                Read LOTR pages 975-997

Day 169                Do Literary Lessons pages 542-549

Day 170                Choose writing assignment from pages 546-549

Day 171                Read LOTR pages 998-1008 (last pages of actual text!)

Day 172                Do Literary Lessons pages 550-554

Day 173                 Vocabulary Worksheet 18- pages 555-556

                             Optional writing assignment on pages 553-554

Day 174                Vocabulary Quiz 18— see T.E. pages 657-658

                            Study for Test Six (use guide on pages 575-578)

Day 174                Test on Book Six (T.E. pages 717-722; Optional essay question on page 726)

Day 175                Read and complete Literary Lessons pages 557-562

                             (Unit Study 12)

Day 176                Read and complete Literary Lessons pages 563-566

                             (Unit Study 12)

Day 177                Quiz on Unit Study 12 (See pages 723-724)

                            Read and complete Literary Lesson pages 567-573 (Unit Study 13)

Day 178                Quiz on Unit Study 13 (see T.E. pages 725-726)

                            Writing assignment from page 572

Day 179                Optional Unit study- Read Literary Lessons pages 585-593

Day 180                Optional Writing assignment from Literary Lessons page 593

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