Quick Write

What lesson stands out to you as the one that helped you to think critically?


We will review the first half of the semester.


In class or online?


We are going to be starting the second and final unit of the course, Monsters. We will read, write, and think critically about monsters of many kinds. Monsters and Monstrosity will provide us the opportunity to learn about a phenomenon that stretches across multiple cultures and time periods. Monsters will also give you a better understanding of both cultural history and the world today.

The first half of the course was meant as an introduction to critical thinking. The second half will be the application of critical thinking, through the lens of Monsters and Monstrosity.

Monsters are all around us. In the movies we watch, the books we write, and in every aspect of life. Monsters are fear inducing. But monsters are also cuddly like Shrek, Cookie Monster, and The Count on Sesame Street.

Monsters have always been symbolic creatures, generally representing darkness and evil. The villain for the hero to vanquish.

The Latin word monstrum refers to both a monster and a sign that something momentous or calamitous is likely to happen.