We started class by discussing the racist language in the novel — why we read a book like this and how we should handle such language when discussing and writing about the text. Then students had reading time before doing some more practice with summary. Homework: read ch. 9 in To Kill a Mockingbird.
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.