Literature, Mud Trilogy Assessed
DescriptionThe purpose of this course is to read and discuss the Mud Trilogy, the three novels that I wrote about Mud the fish and his friends. Along the way, we will do lots of writing because that is how we will conduct our discussions—through email. We will talk about the characters, the ideas, and the language in each book. There are great words, fun grammar, and twists in the plots of the stories.
Our course will be conducted via email. Each week—usually on the weekend—I will send you an email containing questions you can discuss, as well as additional surprises of photographs and a recording in which I read a passage from the week’s reading assignment. You will have the week to do the reading, to choose the questions you like best, and to write your responses. I hope that you enjoy the recordings.
Students will submit two papers on topics of their choice related to the novels. These topics could be about anything Mud-like, such as what you think one of the novels means, or what the main lesson of the novel is for our lives, or which animal you admire most in the novel, or what you think Mud’s personality is like, or which of the novels is your favorite and why, or what the most important chapter is… anything. I will assess the two papers and return them.
InstructorMichael Clay Thompson
Live Class: No
Assignments: Weekly assignments, two papers to be assessed
Duration: 15 weeks
You will have the week to do the reading, to choose the questions you like best, and to write your responses. I would like to receive your responses during the week, before the next week’s assignments begin.
Teacher is available via email.
If you can send me your work by Thursday or earlier, that will give me time to respond to what you have written and to answer any questions you ask.
The Mud Trilogy: The Rescue at Fragment Crag, The Red Tide, and The Green-Face Virus. Students should have an email account.
Students should be comfortable with email and using a keyboard for assignments.
Week 1: The Rescue at Fragment Crag Chapters 1-2
Week 2: The Rescue at Fragment Crag Chapters 3-4
Week 3: The Rescue at Fragment Crag Chapters 5-6
Week 4: The Rescue at Fragment Crag Chapters 7-8
Week 5: The Rescue at Fragment Crag Chapters 9-10
FIRST PAPER DUE
Week 6: The Red Tide Chapters 1-2
Week 7: The Red Tide Chapters 3-4
Week 8: The Red Tide Chapters 5-6
Week 9: The Red Tide Chapters 7-8
Week 10: The Green-Face Virus Chapters 1-2
Week 11: The Green-Face Virus Chapters 3-4
Week 12: The Green-Face Virus Chapters 5-6
Week 13: The Green-Face Virus Chapters 7-8
Week 14: The Green-Face Virus Chapter 9
SECOND PAPER DUE
Week 15: Final Discussions