Following a journal prompt, I helped students work through a difficult poem by Audre Lorde. We discussed this poem and I answered student questions, and then I introduced notes on poetry terms that we will use for the rest of this unit. We looked for some examples of these terms in the Lorde poem to wrap up class.
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.