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Week 4. Recap

The Chiefs are playing right now, as I type this. And they are losing, which is a bummer. Maybe you will read this tomorrow and think, "Didn't they win?" I certainly hope so, person in the future. I certainly hope so...


This past week was mainly focused on making the transition into gradeable work. I have put off that part of class (points, due dates, grades, etc.) as long as possible so that you would have plenty of time, space, and support to begin making choices as a reader and writer again. I don't want to take for granted how hard all of this has been, I think, on all of us.


My hopes are:


-you have a book to read that you are actually interested in and invested in. We spent a week in the library, I've introduced tools for accessing the media center's collection - physical and digital, the bookmobile came by, I've been building bookstacks as requested, we've ordered some stuff, I see lots of you utilizing the resources on our class website. At the end of every month, you will be emailing me an update about your progress as a reader. Remember, I don't really care about how often you read, or how long the books, or how many pages, just as long as you are 1. using the time you've been given, and 2. are making progress as a reader.


-you have finished drafts of some (if not all) of your portfolio pieces and can see the finish line ahead without having a total meltdown or just flat out giving up and making excuses. Feel free to share drafts with me on Google Classroom or on email if you want feedback. Generally, it is best if I've seen your assignments before I grade them so you get a "free pass" with just my opinions and suggestions, no points attached. Your portfolio is due October 1st and 2nd. We will be spending that week (a four day week) in the library trying to get everything done and printed.


-you are ready to get back in the literature part of class. We have been focusing almost entirely on our writing and on finding you a book to read, but now we need to start introducing some whole class texts that we can work on together as a class. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what you can do, and what you think, and what you respond to.


Alright, I think that's everything for now. Have a good one. See you soon, I hope.


-Armstrong

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.

 

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