Students started the class in their research groups to review their notecards. They also received the seminar packet where they worked on questions for the seminar. Then everyone circled up, quickly reviewed norms, and then had the Socratic seminar itself. During the discussion, students used their questions from the packet and also took notes there on connections made and insights discovered. Following the seminar, students responded to three reflection questions, also in the packet, and turned in the entire packet as an exit ticket. Homework: finish Mockingbird for Friday.
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.