After collecting syllabus slips from last class, we returned to Claim, Data, Commentary and the year-round school topic today for a little more practice. Then we switched gears to talk about fiction. Students received the Independent Novel List and we talked a bit about the expectations around procuring a book. Then we began discussing Of Mice and Men, talking plot, characters, setting, and then doing a close read of the first page and a half of the novel. We briefly discussed annotation before the end of class. Homework: re-read and annotate ch. 1 of the novel for next class.