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Grade 8 : Lord of the Rings - Character Point of View

Instructional Design: Jennifer Johnson

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
1.1 Discover and Explore                                                    
2.2 Respond to text                                                               
2.3 Understand Forms, Elements and Techniques
2.4 Create Original Text (Retell oral)
3.2 Select and Process
3.3 Organise, Record, Evaluate

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

General Outcomes:
Discover the world of Tolkien-Vocabulary, Characters, and a complex plot lines.
Learn how different media forms adapt the story.
Learn how to write from another character’s point of view.

Essential Questions:
Why is the book so popular?
How does my character relate to others?

Students will know:
How to find information on Tolkien on the Internet.
Characters, Setting, Theme, Plot, Point of view

Students will be able to:
Compare characters, and develop character webs.
Written assignment-writing from another characters point of view.
Formatting of a postcard/letter.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You are to write a postcard from the point of view of your favourite character to another character in the series. Please include a description of where you are, what the weather is like (Setting), a major detail of your adventure, and a word of encouragement or advice.

Draw a visual representation from the novel, for the cover of your postcard. Use ideas from Internet web pages to draw an appropriate illustration.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Essay comparing media to audio
Rubric Marking

Self Assessment
Self-Assessment filled at the end of project.

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Lord of the Ring Point of View Project Gr8 LA-PLAN
        To be done prior to first lab visit:
Introduction to Tolkien by doing the Internet activity.
See video : "The Lord of the Rings" part I
Make a list of all characters and do character development
Create a map of area
Study plot line
Field Trip to Silver City to see "Lord of the Rings" part II at the Imax
Study continuation of plot line
Continue character development with new characters
Explain postcard point of view project, timeline and criteria. Choose a character and write a postcard message in class. The message and image must be consistent with character's personality and setting. Review postcard format with address writing.
Draw image for postcard

          First lab visit:
Review postcard criteria
Show hard copy of pre-made sample and give students post card criteria document
Have students create their postcard and show them how to save as a template in their personal folder
Have them start typing in information

In class: Continue with listening with audio of "Lord of the Rings" part III. See if our writing is still consistent with character and setting.

        Second and last visit to the lab:
Show formatting of text
Remind students to consult rubric to ensure the postcard is the best product they can do
Have them print their card and glue together with class drawing

In class: Complete character analysis and plot lines
Get started on writing essay where students compare media forms.

        Suggestions for students who work fast and for after the project:
Students who work really fast could perhaps write a postcard from the receiver, keeping in mind the criteria set for the first postcard. This could possibly give students bonus points.
Students could share their postcards with the class or in small groups.
Students could self-evaluate their own postcards using the teacher created rubric.

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)


Click to download Rubric RubricLordRingCharacter.jpg

Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need AppleWorks installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 17 August,2005