We continued our discussion of levels of questioning with “Where the Wild Things Are“ today, focusing more on large questions this time. Then we discussed characterization (particularly indirect vs. direct characterization), and we read together the Langston Hughes story “Thank You, M’am.” While reading, students annotated for small/medium questions as well as wherever they noticed different examples of characterization.
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.