The best way to learn about the writer's craft is to study the masters - such as J. R. R. Tolkien. In this Waldorf-inspired block you will find 5 lesson plans to explore the life of J.R.R. Tolkien based on the book Who Was J. R. R. Tolkien? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso. Through creative activities, you will encourage your child to write creatively and to become immersed in the writing process.
Listening, map study, baking, collage, crafting a custom journal cover, world-building, and designing a cover for their very own story help your children find inspiration and hone their skills.
Specific concepts and skills:
- Experience different ways to find inspiration for creative writing.
- Explore the role of setting in creating a world, characters, and plot.
- Experiment with adjectives, adverbs, and sensory details.
- Learn about and use alliteration.
- Learn about the epic poem Beowulf, the chivalric romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and fairy tale and how they influenced Tolkien's work.
- Write original poems, prose, flash fiction, fairy tale, and a book jacket blurb.
- Experience the writing process from brainstorming, drafting, and revising as well as a writer's circle and constructive critique.