We reviewed character motivation and Introduce/Explain/Pertain at the start of class today. Students then worked to finish filling out the character motivation handouts from last time. Next, students completed a Power Paragraph outline using one of the three sections from the handout — first filling in claim, then filling in all three examples (quotes), then writing Introduce, Explain, and Pertain statements for each example, and finally writing a concluding sentence for the entire paragraph. Once students finished and turned in their outlines and handouts, we started a new story — Kurt Vonnegut’s “Souvenir.” Students will annotate for small/medium/large questions as well as plot and character elements. We will finish this story in class on Thursday.
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.