After reminding students to turn in the Mascot Mini-Research activity, I started class by showing the “Proud to Be” video from the National Congress of American Indians. Students then discussed their findings in the aforementioned mini-research assignment. We also discussed what had been read in the Sherman Alexie novel so far, particularly talking about why the narrator tells us about some of the things he does. After this, students had reading time to get as far as they could. In the last few minutes of class, we began talking about inquiry questions.
SECOND SEMESTER, 2014–15
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.