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Week 6. Recap

This won't be a long post.


It's Sunday afternoon and I am at school grading your first portfolios and preparing for the week ahead, while also knowing - as I'm sure you know too - that there really is NO WAY to prepare for the future these days. Still, I'm trying.


Summary of the week is short: we had two classes, both in the library, for you to finish and submit your September Portfolio on Google Classroom. I also asked you to print physical copies to keep as reference in the future. As we approach 1:1 with Chromebooks, I want to try and keep paper a part of our daily class work. I love paper.


In fact, especially after being at the computers all week, I'm planning on ZERO technology for the next few weeks. No offense to screens, but we need a break.


Our last class this week, we took a pretest over the essential elements of different types of writing work: narrative, argument, informative, vocabulary, and research. Your answers will serve as the skeleton for our work in October as we review those elements and self-assess our own knowledge and abilities as writers, and as we plan and prep our November Portfolio, which will be here sooner than you think.


This year is going fast.


This year is going slow.


Both are true. Neither are true. I don't know. This is all so weird.


But at least we are all travelling through the weirdness together.


See you soon.


-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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