Use this space to post questions and concerns you have about this weeks work or upcoming work. I'll do my best to respond promptly.
One question that I got an email about: What are we writing about in the reading journal/book club this week--or any week we aren't reading a novel.
Answer: You should write about whatever the assigned text is for the week. So, for this week, you are writing about Girl by Jamaica Kincaid, 7th Grade by Gary Soto (links are live). Last week, someone asked what I meant by "respond as you would for a 300 level English class. I repeat my response to that question here:
When you read Shakespeare you analyze it. When you read Poe you analyze it. When you read Joyce you analyze it. When you read Morrison you analyze it. What I don't want is people just reviewing the YA novels we read (I liked it or I didn't like it). And I don't want folks saying things like, well, it's for kids so what is there to analyze, it's too simplistic. I want you to analyze it like you've been asked to do in other classes--as a piece of literature.