I reminded students of their need to find an independent novel by the week after next, and then we dove into annotations in more depth. We reviewed the why and how of annotation before talking about some of the items students annotated in Steinbeck’s first chapter for homework. We also talked about how to ask good questions, and students practiced by writing questions from Of Mice and Men, either from their first reading or their re-read of ch. 1. Homework: read and annotate the last chapter in the novel for next class.