Summer Upper Elementary Literature: The Hobbit

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” These opening lines begin one of modern literature’s most beloved tales, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. This novel serves as a prequel to his classic trilogy Lord of the Rings. During this four-week summer course, students will read the novel, engage in lively discussion concerning the plot, literary themes, and imagery, and fashion their own short tale of friendship and loyalty.

Prerequisites: none
Instructor: Molly Barnett, M.A.
Age Level: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 6 
Minimum Enrollment Required: 6
Maximum Class Size: 15

Tuition: $80
Class Duration: 4 weeks (2 sessions per week)
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM Pacific, June 7 through June 30


The Hobbit


Molly Barnett, M.A.

Molly Barnett earned her B.A. with honors in English from The Ohio State University in 2011. Upon graduation, she began teaching middle school English Literature at Grace Christian School in Columbus, Ohio. From there, she accepted a position teaching fourth grade at Immanuel Lutheran School, a Classical School, in Alexandria, Virginia where she taught for the next 6 years. During the summers of 2015-2018, Molly was a graduate student of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and earned her M.A. in the liberal arts in August 2018. Later that month, she and her husband, who teaches Latin, Theology, and History in the Upper School at ILS, were joyfully married. They and their infant son currently reside in Alexandria where they enjoy cooking together, reading, spending time outdoors, and dreaming of when they might travel overseas.