We spent the beginning half of class discussing how a criminal case moves through the court system (beginning with arrest, and ending at sentencing), in order to better understand the events surrounding Tom Robinson’s trial in To Kill a Mockingbird. Students used the web quests that they completed last class in order to assist them with the discussion. After this, we took small and medium questions from the assigned reading. Students spent the remainder of time completing research for their assessments. Homework: read ch 18 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.