Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies Department, English Literature Department

First Advisor

Diane Downer Anderson

Second Advisor

Craig Williamson


This thesis explores how to teach literature in a way that relies on true internal cognition from students and values their unique responses and identities. This is accomplished through an analyzing the theme of power distribution in Tolkien's The Hobbit alongside the educational theories of Paulo Freire, Maren Aukerman, Louise M. Rosenblatt and Lawrence Sipe to present a more equitable distribution of power when teaching texts within a classroom. The literary analyses work with pedagogical analysis to outline four pedagogical principles that can be used to inform a potential unit on The Hobbit for a 6th grade Language Arts class.