January 30, 2014


In period 1 today, we continued to work on the St. Lucy’s paragraphs and modelled how to do a PIE-style outline. Those three paragraphs are due tomorrow.

In periods 3, 4, 6, and 7, we discussed Truman Capote, the author of In Cold Blood, and why that book was so important to American literature. Here is the PowerPoint that we discussed:

ICP – Part 1 Presentation

We also watched this interview with Truman Capote about his feelings on the death penalty:

We then did a close reading of pages 3-5, where Capote introduces us to the setting of Holcomb, Kansas. We’re using that section as a mentor text for an assignment in which students will write their own “helicopter shot” of a real (not fictional!) setting that they know well. That assignment is due on Monday. Here is an electronic copy:

ICB – Writing Apprenticeship 1 – Helicopter Shot

Finally, homework for tonight (only for periods 3, 4, 6, and 7) is to read through page 48 and complete the reading guide:

Reading Guide – Pages 24-48

That’s due at the start of class tomorrow.

And tomorrow we get out laptops – hurray! 🙂

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