january: you are what you read
Main Points of Class
- Reading is a delightful discipline. It requires work, but it’s a great joy.
- Reading opens your life to the world, to a world of experience, to areas and places you couldn’t go on your own.
- Reading helps develop essential skills necessary for life: writing and communication.
- Reading is the single most important activity for one’s intellectual development.
- We should develop a love of reading; this is done by reading a lot.
- Reading will open up worlds that otherwise will be closed to you.
In-Class Activity: Debate
- The goal is to learn how to present a clear, logical and compelling case for an ethical position and also, to learn to listen and to respond to the points of those who hold the opposite position.
- This activity will help those who tend to be insecure in a group to develop great confidence to speak more.
- It will help those who are confident in a group but verbose to be more coherent, articulating and defending their ideas with greater clarity and logic.
- The students will read certain articles on a topic of interest and formulate an argument in favor of a particular position to present in class.
- Prepare a list of books that you have read this year.
- Go over the Reading list for high school years and make your own personal reading list.
- Complete a Monthly Goals Sheet.