- We started our day with Langston Hughes' "A Dream Deferred." Here is a link to the Nike commercial that features this poem. We discussed whether we believed the last word ("explode") was meant to have a positive or negative connotation.
- After reading, we listed perceived negatives about ourselves. Then, we paired up and discussed how these negative could be favorable. (For example, being impractical could also mean that one is willing to take risks that could work out for the better). We discussed how this could generate ideas for the second UC prompt.
- We swapped notebooks and TOLD (orally) our partners the stories we are writing in our essays. Our partner took notes for us (in the form of bullet points) and then asked us questions about what we shared. The purpose of this was to uncover more details that could be included in our essays.
- Then, we examined this first draft of an essay, identifying things we wanted to know more about. Next, we swapped drafts with our partners and noted things we wanted to learn more about. Again, the purpose of this was to look more details that we have not yet included in our essays.
- If you weren't able to finish reading your partner's essay, be sure to do so this evening.
- Feel free to work on your essays to your heart's content. Know that we will spend at least 25 minutes of tomorrow's class incorporating the feedback we received today. If you know that you are going to need more time than that, do some work this evening. Tomorrow, we will focus on structure.
- Read your book.