We started class today with the ACT Aspire — a pre-assessment the administration is using to prepare ninth- and tenth-graders to take their ACT in 11th grade and also for achievement data over the course of this year. After finishing this practice test, students read the short story “The Sniper” in preparation for an elements of fiction review next week.
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.