We are cruising along in our short stories unit! We have read many stories so far this year: "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury, "Picciola" by James Baldwin, "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl, "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes, and we are currently reading one of my favorites, "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. We are discussing and analyzing theme, conflict, irony, setting, tone and mood while making inferences and defining challenging vocabulary using context clues.
In ILT, students are writing "Teen Matters" Expository Essays, and these will be finished and ready to publish on Thursday.
I have not yet assigned homework in literacy so far this year, but when we start our next unit (Animal Farm) in a couple weeks, students will have nightly reading homework with accompanying comprehension questions.