We dove into reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian today in class. Students kept track of small and medium questions while I read ch. 3 aloud and then they read ch. 4 and 5 quietly to themselves. After finishing their reading, students completed a handout that asked them to predict what will happen and to give advice to Junior. Anyone who finished early continued reading in the novel.
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.