This whole week has been used mainly to create and trim up our presentations for the What Is Literature? project. Today we listed what things we learned from this assignment. My table all agreed that we were figuring out how to refine our thoughts on a piece down to a single, most interesting point for us to make on it. By finding the idea that grabbed you about the piece, you can give an engaging presentation to your audience. Your excitement can flow from you to them. Other things the class has learned include staying on topic, considering the flow of the presentation, and making sure what you are presenting has an evident purpose, or answering the "so what?" question.
Apart from working on the What Is Literature project, I have gotten a hold of my next independent reading book. This marking period will be something much softer than the last, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Though there are conflicting attitudes toward romantic literature, it can stand next to the other greats when done correctly. I'll be honest, I love Jane Austen in spite of the more macabre subjects I gravitate toward. I foresee enjoying Pride and Prejudice equally as much as The Trial.
The theme for this week is preparedness for the approaching deadline.