Today, students helped me calculate how many notecards everyone should be completing in class each day between now and the due date, depending on what grade they are hoping to receive on the assessment. After this, they were given the first 40 minutes of class to work on their research projects. [We then watched a short video on/discussed the Caste System in India][slides], and placed the families in To Kill a Mockingbird into the Caste System model. We discussed where students ranked each of the families, and answered small and medium questions for chapters 13, 14, and 15. Homework: read ch. 16 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.