Oops - sorry this post is a bit late in the day. Today we had a pretty relaxing slide into the course. I introduced some of the ideas I've been thinking about in terms of how the course could run. First, I will be incorporating more choice - life won't be totally democratic, but where it is possible, I'll try to give you more input. This was realized today when you chose to start the course with a novel study and were given four choices to read. I talked about how you will be getting fewer "formal" written assignments "for marks" so you will have to continue your transition away from "working only for food pellets" (yes, that's a metaphor for only writing when it counts for a grade). Our second unit will be involve poetry and in our third unit we'll read a play (either Hamlet or Death of a Salesman - your choice). I hope this allows you to experience more enjoyment, but remember, with freedom comes responsibility - I know you'll make us proud.
Tomorrow we'll start with the lit circle format - remember, we need to have the novels read in two or three weeks.