Literature: The Search Trilogy

Ages 8-13
Instructor Michael Clay Thompson
Price $375

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The purpose of this course is to read and discuss the Search Trilogy: the three language-illustrated novels Treasure IslandThe Call of the Wild, and The Invisible Man. These books are the full-text novels, not excerpts. Along the way, there will be extensive writing and online discussions about the characters, the ideas, and the language in each book. The discussions will include questions that call for comparisons between characters and themes of one book to another.

Each week there will be questions posted for students to discuss, as well as additional surprises of photographs and a recording in which Michael reads a passage from the week’s reading assignment. Students will have the week to do the reading, to choose the questions they like best, and to write responses.

There will be a live class most weeks, but not all of them. The core of the course is the assignments and the extensive feedback given by Michael, with the live class being a voluntary enrichment for students who are able to attend. Students’ attendance of the live class has no effect on their grades.

Live Classes: Thursdays, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from June 6th to August 29th. Note that this is a 12-week course that extends beyond the regular summer semester, giving students additional time to learn with Michael.

Student Expectations: Students will have the week to do the reading, to choose questions to respond to, and to write responses. Responses should be submitted during the week, before the next week’s assignments begin. Students must be able to do assignments using a keyboard (no handwritten assignments) and be comfortable accessing the internet.

Student Support: Michael is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment: If students send their work in a timely manner, that will give Michael time to respond to what has been written and to answer questions that have been asked.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need the Search Trilogy: Treasure IslandThe Call of the Wild, and The Invisible Man. Students will need to have an email account and access to a computer with audio and video capabilities.


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