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

For smart kids with curious minds. Learn a host of cool critical thinking skills as you investigate a monster myth each week! Weigh evidence, ask questions, make inferences, and develop a skeptical lens for looking at the world of monsters.
Leeyanne Moore MFA
210 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 14 learners
40 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 11 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

Thu Sep 15

Sep 15 - Dec 8 (11 weeks)
7pm - 7:40pm
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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. 
Student led learning involves deciding if the class would like to challenge themselves to a fun quiz each week. If so, students are given a handout to fill out after each class is over. They can use this handout while taking the quiz. Extra handouts with fun challenges related to class are also available.
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.
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 MFA
Lives in the United States
Fostering creative genius--one student at a time
210 total reviews
133 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 with a background in analytic philosophy and have... 
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