Science & Nature

Monsters & Dragons: Myths, Legends, and Hoaxes (Semester Course)

For smart kids who love mystery, monsters & science! In this semester long course, students learn about the history of a 'monster' in each class. Investigate monsters, cryptozoology, and learn a host of cool critical thinking skills.
Leeyanne Moore MFA
203 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 14 learners

40 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 10 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Sep 13

Sep 13 - Nov 29 (10 weeks)
8pm - 8:40pm

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Class Experience

Students will learn:
-history of monsters in the media
-biology: basic defense mechanisms in animals
-media literacy
-executive functioning skills
-beginning philosophy: skepticism 
-creating arguments based on analysis & critical thinking skills
Monsters are always fascinating to contemplate, but it's equally interesting to peel away the title of monster and see what's underneath.  As a college rhetoric professor I've taught a course on Monsters & Society, so I've been researching monsters in history this past year.  This class will challenge students to think about why monsters hook our attention.  More importantly, students will become active learners in an attempt to figure out what these creatures might have been in our known world and how pranksters and the media can work side by side to exploit a gullible public. 

Some of the issues surrounding monsters can be fairly gory -- very sensitive students may not want to take this class. 
The students will receive 12 handouts at the beginning of the semester.  Each week we will use these handouts to take notes in class. Students will be asked to review these notes before class and to answer review questions at the beginning of each class. 
I will provide handouts for students to use to take notes after class.  This will help students retain and remember the material. We will end each class with a review of the class the day before. Students will be able to earn points for their team by remembering the answers--and they can use the notes from their handout. 
Students compete in two teams to see who can remember the most from yesterday’s lesson. There is a team winner at the end of each day and an overall team winner at the end of the week. This friendly competition helps students to lock down learning by motivating them to review the material for class every day.
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
There will be a discussion of defense mechanisms used by animals at points in this class.  Such methods often involve bodily fluids. Students who promptly roll over shrieking with laughter at the mention of scat or urine will have to try to contain themselves.


Leeyanne Moore MFAFostering creative genius--one student at a time
203 total reviews
123 completed classes

About Me

Hello everybody! I have an MFA from Syracuse University where I was a University Fellow, and BA from Smith College where I won many prizes in fiction and playwriting. I'm a published fiction author, and have received many grants.  I've also taught... 
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