MIDDLE EARTH 12
"Not all those who wander are lost" -J.R.R. Tolkien
An Imaginative Senior Humanities Quest - this course explores self, society, language, history, and landscape through conversation, journalling, and project-based learning. We move between real and imagined worlds, between familiar places and unknown lands.
Lessons and Course Material
SECTION ONE: Setting Out on the Quest
SECTION TWO: Exploring New Lands
Selected topics, e.g.:
SECTION THREE: Coming Home from the Journey
FORMS and ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Image credit (above): Dresden Codak (Aaron Diaz). Used by permission: http://silmarillionproject.tumblr.com/. This image shows the elven prince Fëanor, a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion), inspecting his creation: a Silmaril. The images below left (also by permission from Aaron Diaz) show the Rulers of Valinor, the craft/growth duality of two of these rulers, the city of the Elves in Valinor, and the spark that began the world.
Your teacher does not have many rules... mostly it is expected that students will operate with a few principles in mind:
This is a new course, perhaps unique on the planet, so in some ways we will build the road as we travel. In the least, expect a meandering path but one that can still be followed, for those who wander off the path may indeed become drowsy and never find their way out of Mirkwood.