For our last day before the final, we reviewed identifying theme in “The Gift of the Magi” and discussed it together as a class. Students were then given a similar handout and worked through it to identify the theme of To Kill a Mockingbird. We also took time to discuss this handout together as a class. Lastly, students were given the guidelines and preparation packet for their final, and were given the last portion of class to work through it. Homework: make sure to prepare as much as possible for the final using the materials from today’s class.
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.