Picking up where we left off Tuesday, we reviewed the first few pages of “Souvenir” before students continued reading and annotating quietly on their own. I circulated and gave informal feedback to everyone on his or her annotations before handing out another character interactions handout, which students worked on after completing the story. We discussed the story using our annotations in preparation for finishing the handout and outlining a power paragraph next week. Homework: finish all reading/annotations and the handout for class on Monday.
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.