Bibliographic Information: New Line Cinema. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. 2001.
Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s book of the same name, hobbit Baggins reluctantly gives the One Ring of power to his nepher Frodo, whom the wizard Gandalf instructs to leave on a journey. Gandalf is captured by a wizard under Sauron’s thrall. They gather many companions including humans, dwarves, and elves. Gandalf escapes captivity. A council of the races of Middle-Earth decide that the ring should be destroyed, only possible in the volcano of its creation. Gandalf sacrifices himself to save the party from death. A human tries to take the ring from Frodo; the hobbit decides to finish the journey on his own.
Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 860; Accelerated Reader: 6.1
Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This movie is narrated in third-person, focusing on the adventures of Frodo and his companions. It teaches the importance of resisting temptation. The media is 7th grade level.
Content Area: English
Content Area Standard:
- CCSS for Reading for 6-12: #2 Determine theme or central idea and analyze in detail its development; #3 Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain; #4 Analyze complex characters; #5 Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
- CCSS for Writing for 6-12: #9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
- CCSS for Language 6-12: #3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening; #4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases; #5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuance in word meanings, such as interpret figures of speech.
This is a great movie (and a great series) to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 6th grade through 12th grade. It explores themes of responsibility and adventure.
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