I gave students the first 15 minutes of class to finish working on and turn in the Turning topics into Questions assignment from last Thursday on Google classroom. Then we reviewed what had happened in the novel so far, answering questions and making connections just like I had asked students to do on the Novel Check-In assignment. Then we briefly discussed the research project and began narrowing down topics and writing 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.