At the start of class, we returned the character handouts from “Souvneir.” Students then got new copies of the power paragraph Outline, and completed it for either Eddie the farmer or Joe Bane the pawnbroker from the Vonnegut story. Once students finished the outline, they wrote their first power paragraph of the semester, using this outline. Anyone who finished early got the chance to complete an extra credit assignment online. Homework: finish your “Souvenir” outline/paragraph for Monday; optionally, complete the online extra-credit assignment.
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.