Picking up where we left off Friday, students reviewed setting, mood, & tone as well as the claim I had given them for the power paragraph outline on the first five minutes of Wall-E. We then re-watched this clip from the film while students completed a T-chart of details that were either bleak or hopeful. Students then worked on a power paragraph outline using their best examples. A paragraph from this outline will be due next class. Switching gears somewhat, we reviewed theme using a note-taking handout, and then students continued watching the film while taking notes that will help them to figure out the theme once we finish. Homework: finish the setting/mood/tone power paragraph you should have outlined in class today.
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.