To prepare for our Socratic seminar Wednesday over the novel and related research, students participated in a practice seminar today. They read and annotated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, went over seminar norms, and then held a short practice seminar helping each other decode this challenging text. The class then wrote reflections individually and debriefed as a group. The end of class was for reading time to get caught up or start on tonight’s reading. Homework: read ch. 27–28 in Mockingbird for Wednesday.
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.