We finished up our plot review at the start of class, and then students received a new story to read — “Thank You, M‘am” by Langston Hughes. We discussed annotation, practiced together with the first paragraph of the story, and then students read and annotated the rest of the story on their own. After discussing the story together, students began a writing pre-assessment activity. Homework: write a paragraph illustrating how Hughes uses the elements of plot to give structure to his story; use direct quotes from the story to give examples of three plot elements, and make sure to explain which part of plot each quote illustrates and why.
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.