Students turned in Thursday’s homework at the start of class, and then we returned to “Souvenir” to try to figure out and write about the theme. Using computers today, students reviewed their classmates’ ideas about what the theme of “Souvenir” might be. Once we landed on a good theme statement as a class, everyone filled out a Google form with their evidence and introduce/explain/pertain statements as support of this common claim. Then in groups, students got to steal the best evidence as suggested by their class and use it to fill out a power paragraph outline.
This class is an opportunity for students to develop and practice their skills in reading and analysis of literature as well as writing. Our various texts will be the vehicles through which they will hone their critical thinking abilities, and our writing exercises will be an outlet of expression for these abilities. We will be reading poetry, short fiction, novels, and dramatic texts. Our objectives are to master the elements of literature, practice the writing process, and improve organization of writing.