Today, we discussed the ending of To Kill a Mockingbird, and spent the first half hour of class completing a handout on the final chapters to prepare them for the discussion. The final portion of class was devoted to having students complete a practice Power Paragraph outline, in which they developed a claim to answer the following question: “Were Scout’s assumptions about Boo Radley at the beginning of the novel accurate?”
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.