Students started class with some reading time for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Anyone who is not at least half way through the novel by now should consider coming in at lunch to get caught up. Students then evaluated their note cards and identified which inquiry question(s) need the most attention. Research time today was focused on shoring up those questions that need more/better note cards. Homework: you should have 9–12 note cards ready for Wednesday so that we can begin writing the research paper; utilize the Academic Center after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays if you need help catching up on your research.
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.