After collecting the homework at the start of class and going over English course registration information for next year and beyond, I split students into groups and gave each of them one of four poems. Students paraphrased these poems and answered questions together. At the end of class, each group got up and read and presented their poems to the rest of us.
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.