Today, we began class by giving the students about 30 minutes of reading time. They used this time to either catch up on the reading that they were assigned over the weekend, or to work ahead on their reading for Wendesday’s class. Then, students completed a character map activity for Walter Cunningham and Burris Ewell. and we used this activity to begin a discussion about class within the novel. We finished by taking a few quick notes on summarization. Homework: read ch. 6–8 in TKAM.
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.