We talked about perception today in anticipation of beginning our reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. This is an idea that will be central to this novel. We spent time looking at some optical illusions, discussing the different things we saw in them, and then journalling about what is perception and what can affect our perception of tangible and intangible things. Students then received photocopies of ch. 1 of the novel to read and annotate. Homework: finish your reading and annotation of ch. 1 for class next Tuesday.
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.