Discover Parts of Speech with J.R.R. Tolkien

January 7th, 2004 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

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Words and Tolkien

This website celebrates the life and works of JRR Tolkien author of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” to name two titles. Tolkien was a wordsmith who invented words for his fantasy books. In recognizing his love for words, the creators of this site did a really clever thing — they use Tolkien as a hook to instruct visitors to the site in understanding the origin of English words (from many different languages), the meaning of words and how they change over time, root words, prefixes, suffixes, and parts of speech. They also explain how to use a dictionary — and it’s all done in an easy to understand and interesting format. Somehow they have managed to make a subject that can be dry and confusing (to say the least) very interesting and not the least bit intimidating.

There are some neat games and activities at this site for rhyming, playing with syllables, and idioms. You can use these as curriculum or just to practice various parts of speech — but telling your kids that this is “schoolwork” might ruin the fun!

This site really provides an opportunity to learn without boring drill books and inane ditto sheets. There is also a communication center at this site where readers can discuss aspects of Tolkien’s books — and there are links to other sites about Tolkien and Words too.

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