At the start of class, we answered questions students wrote when they first read “The Most Dangerous Game,” and we also discussed the plot elements everyone found in their groups last class. Then, every student wrote a paragraph showing and explaining three examples of the plot element from his or her group. Many had time to finish these paragraphs in class and turned them in. During the last part of class, I introduced the three levels of questions and we practiced writing those types of questions with the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are.” Homework: finish your “TMDG” paragraph if you didn’t get it done in class.
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.