Literature, Search Trilogy Assessed


The purpose of this course is to read and discuss the Search Trilogy: three novels about characters who are searching for their own identities. 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 related to our three novels, such as what you think one of the novels means, what the primary theme is, what the main lesson of the novel is for our lives, which character is most admirable, which of the novels is your favorite and why, or what the most important chapter is… anything concerning these three novels. I will assess the two papers and return them.


Michael Clay Thompson

Class Details

Live Class: No

Assignments: Weekly assignments, two papers to be assessed

Duration: 14 weeks

Student Expectations:
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.

Student Support:
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. Email gives us flexibility. Because we will conduct our comments and discussions primarily through email, you will have the time you like to think and write your replies. I will not expect an answer immediately, although you may sometimes respond immediately. I will, by the way, make comments if I see errors of language in your emails. That will help you learn some of those details—it takes time!

The Search Trilogy: Treasure Island, The Invisible Man, and The Call of the Wild. Students should have an email account. Resource page.

Students should be comfortable with email.

For Ages:

Week 1: Treasure Island Chapters 1-6
Week 2: Treasure Island Chapters 7-12
Week 3: Treasure Island Chapters 13-15
Week 4: Treasure Island Chapters 16-21
Week 5: Treasure Island Chapters 22-27
Week 6: Treasure Island Chapters 28-34


Week 7: The Call of the Wild Chapters 1-2
Week 8: The Call of the Wild Chapters 3-4
Week 9: The Call of the Wild Chapters 5-7
Week 10: The Invisible Man Chapters 1-6
Week 11: The Invisible Man Chapters 7-12
Week 12: The Invisible Man Chapters 13-18
Week 13: The Invisible Man Chapters 19-25


Week 14: The Invisible Man Chapter 26-Epilogue