Today was our first day working with the Introduce, Explain, Pertain pattern for making a good argument with evidence to prove a claim. We used our notes from “Thank You, M’am” last time to fill out a power paragraph outline, which students turned in for us to grade. The last 15 minutes of class were spent reading and annotating the Kurt Vonnegut story “Souvenir.” Students will finish the story at the start of class on 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.