Since your last update, we've been busy with Poetry Out Loud, two sets of Novel Notes, Their Eyes Were Watching God graphic essays, and setting the table for A Doll's House with anticipation guides and Philosophical Chairs.
We've been busy with endings and beginnings. And from what I can tell, you're ready to take off the AP Lit training wheels.
That will be our focus from here on out: enriching the skills you already have, idependently applying strategies, effectively articulating your thoughts, ideas, and insights about texts in writing.
As we are wrapping up our first semester together, here are a few questions to reflect on...
How do you conistently and effectively apply reliable text-analysis strategies to the literature we're studying? What strategies best work for you? How can you offer your insights and prove them? How can you continue to work towards a more mature style and voice in writing? What skills should you practice to reach your AP Lit potential?
You guys have come a long way since August, and I'm SO PROUD of all you've accomplished -- especially your comittment to digging into literature every single day.
Below are some (not all) of the TEWWG graphic essays. As always, can't wait to see what else you all come up with.
We've been getting somewhere this week. We've continued to build classroom culture, "speed-dated" one another about our Slaughterhouse Five findings, and laid on the floor to have giant replicas of our bodies drawn to complete a character analysis map.
I'm gonna call that a pretty solid week in AP Lit. :)
Here are the basics:
For speed dating, one side of the table moved on down the row, and you were tasked with discussing the most important ideas from your Thought Plots. You guys had in depth conversations that made my English teacher heart way happy. Here are a couple of pics:
Next you were tasked with delving deeper into a character from Slaughterhouse Five. It was madness and mad fun, and you came up with some pretty solid character analysis. It was great seeing you guys work together, have a little fun, and dig into the text.
And of course here are a few pics of our mapping:
Next week: Socratic seminar, syntax fix up lesson, and Quarter Exam review.
Let's do it!
Your Lit teacher, Mrs. Hilliard