Today in class, we went over the small and medium questions that students had about chapters 10 and 11 in the novel. We then discussed paraphrasing. Students took notes on paraphrasing, and we practiced paraphrasing an excerpt from an article in the Longmont Times-Call together. After that, I presented the notecard format for the assessment to students, which they copied into their notebooks. Students were left with the last half an hour of class time to finish the notecards that they started last class with Ms. Dailey, and begin their second notecards for the research project. Homework: read ch. 12–13 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.