Students got more reading time for the novel at the start of class, with the goal of getting at least to p. 129 (or reviewing the chapter “Dance, Dance, Dance” if they’d already read it). Then we reviewed the Power Paragraph from last semester, talking about how we would use this format to discuss the short shelf life of Junior’s lies in this chapter. Students then had the rest of class to complete a Power Paragraph outline and then write out that paragraph in full. Students who finished early continued reading in the novel or knocked out another notecard or two towards the research project. Homework: finish outline/paragraph for Tuesday.
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.