If you love Tolkien, then your enthusiasm is going to make learning with Tolkien a pleasure for your students. Tolkien has a wide appeal – students who would not normally read for pleasure are reading The Lord of the Rings.
Our Studying Tolkien page may also offer you with further help or inspiration, and you may want to give some of those resources to your students.
The following documents suggest ways Tolkien could be used to meet learning objectives set out in the English National Curriculum.
- KS1 – Citizenship
- KS1 – Various Curriculum Ideas
- KS1 and KS2 – Music
- KS2 – Citizenship
- KS2 – Activity Ideas
- KS2 – Various Curriculum Ideas
- KS3 – Music
- KS3 and KS4 – English
- KS3 and KS4 – Various Curriculum Ideas
- KS4 – Citizenship
- Tolkien’s Middle-earth: Lesson Plans for Secondary School Educators – provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Further and Higher Education:
- Dissecting the Dark Side: Dragons, Demons, and Dark Lords – a course which explores the theme of representations of evil through major works of English literature. It can be adapted for A Level or undergraduate students.
- Waymeet for Tolkien Teachers – a digital journal for teaching J.R.R. Tolkien’s works and life in post-secondary schools
Special Educational Needs
Using Tolkien is a great way to get children with special educational needs to engage with literacy and language, and books like The Hobbit, Roverandom, Mr Bliss and The Father Christmas Letters are especially good at capturing the imagination of children of all ages.
All of Tolkien’s major publications are available as audiobooks (which are downloadable or available on CD), and there are also a number of dramatizations (e.g. The Hobbit  and The Lord of the Rings ) which might be useful teaching aids.
Putting on a Performance
Creating and staging a play or musical based on one of Tolkien’s stories can be a great way to involve children in Tolkien’s work. Keep in mind, however, that to put on public performances (and parents count as public!) you’ll need to obtain permission from Tolkien’s publishers, HarperCollins. If you’re in the USA, contact Houghton Mifflin Harcourt instead.