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Homeschool Middle School Literature Full Semester | Novel Study | ELA Book Club
The Gnarly History of Trolls in Literature and Movies (12-15)
This class explores how trolls are represented in stories, fantasy novels, and pop culture throughout the ages, from Old Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore to The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and even internet trolls.
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Come explore the history of troll stories, from ancient fairy tales to modern movies. A creature once known as a huge, strong, stupid beast is now shown as a small, wise, kindly friend. What happened?! Trolls are ancient. The earliest recorded troll-like creature may have been Grendel, the horrible murderous beast in Beowulf, which was written between the 8th and 11th centuries. Then trolls pop up throughout Scandinavian myths, legends, fairy tales, and folklore for thousands of years....
Students will learn about the history of trolls, gaining unique insights into the evolution of myths and the use of literature as a lens for studying society. They will also learn about the science of internet trolls - what causes people to act cruelly or stupidly online - and they’ll learn the best way to handle them (crucial knowledge for kids in the modern world). They will practice compare-and-contrast skills and literary analysis. Also they’ll just have fun learning about trolls because trolls are weird and cool.
Optional: After class, students can draw, paint, sculpt, or digitally design their own version of a troll, or they can build a troll out of stones and other bits of nature. Post it on the class page when it’s finished!
1 hour 5 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Spoilers! Trolls are violent and gross, but nothing extreme. They want to eat people, but they usually lose. In one story, a clever young boy convinces a troll to cut a hole in his belly, and the troll dies. That's about as gory as it gets, and there's no picture/video of that part.
Lauren Orcutt“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” - Jack London
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I’ve been teaching ELA classes for a decade, and it has been a true pleasure! I believe all learning should be a pleasure, too, and a good teacher can help her students find satisfaction in learning. I specialize in writing, research, literature,...