Franklin and Tolkien Appearing Together

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Where else can you find Franklin and Tolkien together? They lived nearly 100 years apart, but they are two of the greatest writers the world has ever known. Each had a particular skill which you can benefit from even though you are centuries removed from Benjamin Franklin and decades removed from J.R.R. Tolkien. In Benjamin Franklin Writing Method, Cheri Blomquist helps middle school and high school students improve their writing skills using the same method employed by Benjamin Franklin—imitating the masters. Student will learn how to analyze good literature and apply what they learn to their own writing, focusing on the arrangement and presentation of ideas. In Christian Values in J.R.R. Tolkien, Steven Hake presents eighteen printable lessons for juniors and seniors using the Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit, Silmarillion, and the Carpenter biography. Students are expected to make journal entries and write two short papers and one 10- to 12-page final paper as they ponder the deep Biblical issues raised by Tolkien’s writing.


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