We started class by discussing race and racist language in the novel. After answering students’ small questions from ch. 4–5, we handed out a reading guide for ch. 6–8 and students had a bit of time to get a head start on their homework reading (or to get caught up on the reading for today). The second half of class was spent learning about research databases and other research tips with Ms. Woodley. Homework: finish reading ch. 6–8 in Mockingbird and finish the study guide.
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.