I gave students 30 more minutes of novel reading time at the start of class. After this, I returned the notecard evaluation handouts I collected last class. Then I walked students through choosing their most completely researched inquiry question so they could outline and begin typing their first (Power Paragraph) body paragraph of the research paper in Google Classroom. Homework: finish typing this body paragraph you should have started in class; if you still have research to finish, work on that as well.
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.