Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Edith Bratt)
Chapter 1, Edith Bratt
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien begins with an Introduction about how the book is compiled. This lesson is about who contributes to the collection of letters as well as the reasons behind its overall structure.
1) Class Discussion: Has the class heard of J.R.R. Tolkien before reading his letters? How does reading the letters of an author provide insight into their work? Who provides the main order of the letters included in the collection? What is Carpenter's intention in selecting the letters? Why is it important that Tolkien's son, Christopher, is involved in the book?
2) Writing and Analysis: Have the class take 15 minutes and write down three aspects to the design and structure of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Afterward, talk about the answers and which things the class thinks are the most helpful to readers.
This section contains 7,418 words
(approx. 25 pages at 300 words per page)