• Mr. Armstrong

Week 3. Recap

Updated: Sep 20, 2020

I'm writing this a little late, so please forgive me for taking the three-day weekend off.

(That was sarcasm FYI. I'm terrible about actually relaxing on breaks instead of obsessively thinking about or working on school stuff. It's a miracle I actually rested. Hope you did too.)

It has been a stressful, chaotic, wonderful start to the year so far, in my opinion. In this past week, we have:

-discussed/reviewed resources for reading. On the "Reading Workshop" page on this site, you will find tons of tools for 1. finding books and 2. documenting your growth over the course of the weeks and months ahead. We also reviewed how to use the Media Center's catalog - physical - and the digital collection on the Sora app (FREE eBOOKS!). The most important takeaway is this: I don't want you to feel like you have to survive our reading time AKA fake your way through it for a grade. Please let me know what you need to make the time and work as meaningful and real as possible.

-continued to follow the writing process to shape our first writing portfolios. Reminder that your goal is to finish all five pieces by the end of the month.

-used professional email formatting to send a reflection over our identities as readers and writers. You did an awesome job overall at this and I have lots of new book suggestions and writing plans based off your thoughts and feedback. Thank you for your honesty and openness.

-set up our Padlets for creating the gradeable version of your bucket list. This will probably be due at the end of next week. I think 20 finished items on your Padlet is a reasonable goal, though you might have a few more or less depending on the circumstances. Remember for each one you have a title (what you want to do), the writing (what you want to say about it), and the visual (what you want to show your audience about it).

We will be spending this week in the library with Mrs. Keeling and Mrs. Youngworth, who are so happy to be working with you again and to invite you back into our fantastic Media Center. Make sure to say hi or ask for a book recommendation. They've missed you!

Here's hoping we have another great week ahead. I'm ready to start reading again.


About Mr. Armstrong

This will be my twelfth year teaching English Language Arts and my fourth 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.