About Mr. Armstrong

This will be my eleventh year teaching English Language Arts and my third working at Carthage High School, which I graduated from in 2005. I love being back in my hometown helping our sophomores find an appreciation for reading and writing while challenging them to discover and develop the value, depth, and power of their own voices. Hopefully this will be a year of daring greatly and learning bravely.

 

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About Me

EDUCATION

"A person's true potential is unknown (and unknowable) ... it's impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training."

- Carol S. Dweck

DRIVING QUESTIONS:

  1. What do we need to learn if we are going to make a living and a life for ourselves?

  2. How can we best learn these lessons?

  3. What is the difference between schooling and education?

  4. What is the relationship between education and success?

The word "education" derives from the Latin word educere, which means "to lead out." The readings in this unit demonstrate how various educational paths have helped people to do just that - lead out the potential within themselves. As you read, listen closely to what the authors have to say about their own journeys and what they have learned along the way. I hope that this unit will inspire you to contemplate the path you are on as well as the paths you are interested in exploring, however uncharted they might be, so that you can lead out your own potential.

The selections in this unit include essays, memoirs, poems, images, and more. They further illuminate how we expand our education through the journeys, such as college, career, travel, and volunteer services, that most high school students embark on shortly after graduation.

Let the adventure begin.

core texts

"Coming into Language" 

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire others to change too. 

Malala Yousafzai's

Speech at the UN

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

On Writing the College Application Essay

by Harry Bauld

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

"Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail"

by Angel B. Pérez

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

"Theme for English B"

by Langston Hughes

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

The Book of Awesome

by Neil Pasricha

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

"The Mindsets"

by Carol S. Dweck

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

"How to Succeed"

by Paul Tough

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

Excerpt from

My Beloved World

by Sonia Sotomayor

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

Two Mindsets

by Nigel Holmes

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too. 

PROJECT LIT: The Poet X, Born a Crime, The Hate U Give, Wonder

An ex-con describes his path to becoming a writer with the hope that his story will help inspire someone else to change too.