Press Release: Tolkien Reading Day - March 25, 2003 - The Tolkien Society

25th March 2003
Tolkien Reading Day

The Tolkien Society wishes to announce to the world Tolkien Reading Day!

25th March is to be "Tolkien Reading Day", an event aimed at encouraging the use of Tolkien's works in education and to get schoolteachers and library staff to participate in reading Tolkien to their classes and in their libraries. 25th March already has a significance to Tolkien's readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the `War of the Ring' in "The Lord of the Rings".


Tied into the Tolkien Reading Day event is the recent completion of the Education Section within the Society's website which Tolkien fans in education (pupils and teachers) can use to assist learning and teaching. The pages can be downloaded and printed off free of charge by educationalists. Please note the texts on these pages are copyright of the Tolkien Society and East Lothian Museums. The Education pages comprise a range of ideas for teachers of Citizenship at Key Stage one (infants) using "The Father Christmas Letters", to ideas for university lecturers working on Middle English texts like "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". Some of the information has been developed from our responses to questions the Society has been sent by schoolchildren from around the world. Many other questions fit better in the Frequently Asked Questions section and so have been left where they are easy to find.
Who can use it?
Which age ranges is it aimed at?
5-years old to postgraduate level
Which educational systems?
Non-specific, English and Scottish
How much is transferable?
All of it, apart from the quotations from the English National Curriculum, for which copyright permission is needed before `translating' it to another educational system or language.


Press Contacts

Tolkien Society Publicity:
Ian Collier, 45 Caldew Maltings, Bridge Lane, Carlisle, UK.
Telephone 07974-987340

Tolkien Society North American Representative:
Mike Foster, Rt. 5, Box 315, Metamora IL 61548, USA.
Telephone (Work) 309-694-5349; 309-367-2772.

Tolkien Society Australasian Representative:
Michael Kennedy, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Any queries regarding this Press Release should be addressed to:
Ian Collier, Publicity Officer, 45 Caldew Maltings, Bridge Lane, Carlisle, CA2 5SW UK

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