I introduced the details of the research project today. Students landed on three inquiry questions they are going to try to answer through their research — and the answer to each question will form the claim of a Power Paragraph for the body of the essay. Students had research time to start on their note cards, with the goal being 2–3 cards by the end of class today.
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.