The Hobbit and the Hero

Students, this week you are asked to write on The Hobbit. Weave the following responses into a good paragraph that begins with an interesting opening and ends with a concluding sentence. Watch for fragments, incomplete sentences, and run-ons.

The Hobbit follows the typical pattern of the quest in many ways. Like most heroes, Bilbo begins the story ignorant of the world around him, and he begins to go on a series of adventures which help him in two ways. First, they give him the opportunity to learn about the world and the extent and proper use of his own powers. Second, they bring him the friends and talismans that he will need to prevail in his greatest adventure which is the culmination of his quest.

What is your definition of fantasy? Does the story so far (through Chapter 6) meet your definition of fantasy? Please give an example.

Is there magic in the story so far? If so, explain.

Up to this point in the story, has Bilbo displayed any characteristics of a hero? Please explain.

Bilbo and the Dwarves, while in search of Smaug’s treasure, dream of what they will do with all that gold.

Which Door?

Students, please follow the directions on the image. Be sure to explain with plenty of details. Do not tell a story this time.

One good, well-written paragraph that begins with a creative lead and ends with a concluding sentence. I am especially going to look to see if you have done this. Watch those run-on sentences that are a jumble of ideas strung together. Remember end punctuation and capitalize any proper nouns or adjectives. Sherlock Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street and The Tardis refers to Dr. Who. This door is not an option for you; choose one of the others.

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Do You Have What It Takes?

Hi Students,

Please follow the directions on each writing prompt. You should have at least two good paragraphs, each beginning with a creative lead. Add a concluding sentence leaving the reader with something to think about, and do not repeat the first sentence. (This is why I love chocolate ice cream… type of thing.) Watch your end punctuation and remember to do a double return to put a space between paragraphs. Answer all the parts on the second image. (No names, please.)

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What Makes a Hero?

Students, please write three (3) good paragraphs each beginning with a creative lead sentence. Put a double space between prompts to indicate a new paragraph…I do not want to read one huge block of text.

1. Reflect on something from BoatLift  that made an impression on you.

2. What is your definition of a hero? Think and give an example of someone who fits your description. (No family or friends)

3. From the quotes below, which one do you connect with? What does it mean to you? (Be sure to indicate which quote you have chosen.)

(A) A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

(B) Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed” (Bob Riley).

(C) A  hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt, or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway” (Christopher Reeve).


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Grab the Hook! Writing Great Lead Sentences ~ We Begin Discussions on The Hero

“Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him in the head” (Hiaasen Chomp). (What? How?)

“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife” (Gaiman The Graveyard Book ). (Whose hand? Why?)

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number 4, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much” (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). (Meaning that possibly they were not very normal)

“He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air” (Dashner The Maze Runner). (Why? Where?)

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” (J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit). (What’s a hobbit?)

A lead sentence grabs the reader and never lets go. It is the hook that makes the reader want to continue to read and turn that page to find out more.

Pretend you are writing a story about a hero who undertakes a dangerous quest. Write a lead sentence (first line of the first chapter) that will hook your reader into continuing on with the story. Yes, you can make up a hero’s name. Be creative, descriptive, and write something that would make you continue to read.

The purpose of this exercise is to get you familiar with writing great lead sentences, as this is a skill you will need to perfect as the year goes on. Readers need some introduction as to what they will be reading, and good lead sentences can provide these clues. A good lead sentence also makes the reader ask how? Why? What? When? Where?