Today was our last reading day, with the goal for students to finish the novel if they hadn’t already. Then students had work time to continue typing Power Paragraphs from their research. We spent a few minutes at the end of class starting to talk about thesis statements; we didn’t get as far as I’d hoped, so we’ll continue this next week. Homework: finish the novel, if you haven’t yet; continue working on typing body paragraphs, but don’t worry about the intro or conclusion yet.
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.