Today was part 1 of our mid-term assessment. Students finished their power paragraphs about the themes in Wall-E. Students who finished early checked out copies of To Kill a Mockingbird and got a head start on our first novel of the year. And at the end of class, everyone received a copy of the story “Liberty” — part 2 of the assessment will be on Tuesday and will cover this story. Homework: read and annotate (for plot elements, character motivations and changes, setting/mood/tone, resolution of conflicts, possible subjects/topics) the story “Liberty;” *don’t neglect this homework as you will not have time to read and take the test on 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.