Today was our first day working with the Power Paragraph format — Introduce, Explain, Pertain. After going through the format with the class and getting a first look at the Power Paragraph outline, we shifted back to “Thank You, M‘am” and talked about character interactions. Students worked on a handout that asked them to look for evidence of Roger’s and Mrs. Jones’s motivation as well as how Roger changes throughout the story. We will continue working with these materials next Tuesday.
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.