• Mr. Armstrong

Week 7. Recap

Good morning! I just got to school on this bright (super dark outside actually) Monday morning and I just realized I did not do a blog post this weekend summarizing the past week. So here we go:

-We started the week by taking "Team Notes" over Argumentative Writing, which I organized from the best responses to the pretest you took in the library over the essential elements of the five modes of writing we are practicing with our portfolios. These notes are available in my monthly slides on Google Classroom; I also posted a screenshot of them into our stream on there too.

-I began introducing our first whole class read, Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz. We will be working with this book the next month of class, practicing three key literary skills that will help you build a bridge between yourself and whatever text you are required to read: text connections (text, self, and world), identifying universal themes, and notice & note strategies. We practiced this on the board by responding to different photographs connected to the themes and content of Up from the Sea: September 11th, the Joplin Tornado, the 2011 Japanese Tsunami, soccer, etc.

-We started doing an activity called This or That, which presented you with various questions and positions to "take a stand" on, not agree/disagree but rather along a spectrum. We also practiced sharing our opinions and beliefs while actively and respectfully listening to those of others.

-I gave you an acronym, OREOS, to help you remember a simple outline for an argument which will also help you when 1. writing your next professional email over your progress this quarter as a reader, and 2. when you have to take a post-test over the elements of argument.

O - Our opinions

R - Reasons

E - Evidence, Examples, Explain, Experts, Experiences

O - Opinions of others

S - Support, Sources

This week we will be writing a professional email using OREOS over our self-selected reading so far, we will finish playing This or That, finish responding to images, and begin reading Up from the Sea. I'm curious to see what you think.


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.