- I welcomed everyone to class.
- I went over the expectations and procedures for class.
- People toured the room and selected a book on which to start reading.
- I explained the daily reading log, and everyone filled his/hers out today.
- We read for about fifty forty-five minutes.
Organization and Reflection
- We picked up our new book pages.
- We discussed Edward Hirsch's comments on page 87.
- We did Free Write #3--journal about any topic on your mind related to death, grief, loss, immortality....
- I read Theodore Roethke's "Elegy for Jane" (p. 89) aloud.
- In trios, we talked about the poem and responded to the RJ questions.
- We got back together as a class and discussed our responses.
- We got with a partner and defined the new vocabulary words.
- I read "To an Athlete Dying Young", then explained what people needed to do for homework--annotate three questions for class discussion; fill in the first column on p. 91.
- I welcomed everyone, and I handed out textbook pages for binders.
- People wrote down three questions they had about the class, and I answered some of them today, and I'll continue answering them over the next few days.
- We did Free Write #1--ten minutes over a topic of your choosing.
- We looked at portfolios from past classes. We got an idea about what a portfolio is, and we talked about how people showed their creativity and their best work. We filled out page 8 in the book, then talked about our ideas.
- We read Earthbooks to get an idea of the kinds of things we'll be writing in class, and to find examples of what we consider "good writing".
- Read pages 4-5 in your textbook, and fill out the worksheet so I know you know the information.