Students started class by working on a handout detailing some of the people and places in ch. 1–3 of Mockingbird — first in pairs, and then in groups. Students turned these in for a grade, and then we reviewed and practiced the skill of summary. We spent the last few minutes of class answering small questions from ch. 2–3, including discussing the differences between Walter Cunningham and Burris Ewell. Homework: read ch. 4–5 in Mockingbird for Tuesday.
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.