After reviewing “Souvenir” and students‘ answers on their homework, I had everyone fill out a new power paragraph outline, this time for Eddie‘s motivation, Bane’s motivation, or Eddie’s changes as a character. We walked through all the steps of the outline, including Introduce, Explain, Pertain, and after students finished with the outline they wrote out the paragraph in its entirety. Students turned in all three items — paragraph, outline, and handout from last Thursday — before they left. At the very end of class, we started our study of Theme by reading a Dr. Seuss story. Homework: finish your power paragraph if you didn’t get it done in class; due at the start of class on Wednesday.
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.