Students’ research assessments were due at the very beginning of class. Many either did not submit their bibliographies or had difficulty exporting them from home, so we took the first ten minutes of class to allow for those who were missing their bibliographies ask for help and get them turned in. We then discussed the guidelines for our Socratic seminar, which is designed to help students connect the research that they completed for their research projects to To kill a Mockingbird. We concluded class with reading and annotating an article from the Washington Post, and answering a series of questions on the article in small groups. Homework: read To Kill a Mockingbird ch. 27–28.
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.