We began class where we ended last Friday — working through some prompts and writing to help get to a concise thesis statement. We also talked about what will go into the introduction and conclusion paragraphs after students finish writing their body paragraphs. Students had a little bit of work time before we discussed the end of the novel in preparation for the test on Friday. Homework: you must have the novel finished by Friday; your research paper needs to be completely finished by the start of class next Tuesday, at which time I will walk everyone through how to move the Works Cited over from EasyBib to Google Classroom.
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.