After discussing small questions from ch. 9 and a short amount of reading time for the next reading guide, students were introduced to the research project for this semester. Everyone will be attempting to answer the question “What was life like for black people in the American South between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement?” Students were assigned different topics within this time period and Ms. Dailey visited from the library to introduce research databases and EasyBib to students. Students received instruction on how to take notes (which will eventually be done on notecards), and began with a handout. Homework: read ch. 10–11 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.