We used “The Sniper” to review elements of lit together. Then I introduced our last elements of lit notes: setting, mood, and tone. We identified these in “The Sniper,” and then students watched the first five minutes of the film Wall-E as another example of interesting setting, mood, and tone. Students began a Power Paragraph outline exploring the clip.
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.