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Lauren Orcutt
Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(55)
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.

Class experience

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.
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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. 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(55)
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,... 
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per class
Meets once
65 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 12-15
2-10 learners per class

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