WRITing workshop resources

Portfolio Resources

  • Writing Menu - August/September (click here)
  • Six Traits of Writing (rubric for grading)
  • Portfolio Planner - organization prewriting (click here)
  • How to create and share a folder in Google Drive (video)
  • How to format and share a Google Doc (video)

Narrative Writing

  • CHS essential elements of narrative pieces (checklist)
  • Visual Writing Prompts - Narrative (link)
  • Visual Writing Prompts - Personal (link)
  • 13 Thought-Provoking Personal Narrative Prompts (link)
  • New York Times: "500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing" (link)
  • 50 Narrative Essay Topics (link)
  • 100 Story Starters for Teens (link)
  • 365 Creative Writing Prompts (link)
  • Writer's Digest Creative Writing Prompts (link)
  • 105 Creative Writing Prompts to Try Out (link)
  • The Moth Podcast - great mentors for storytelling (link, example episodes)
  • Story Corps - stories from people of all backgrounds and beliefs (link)
  • Lore - podcast focusing on myths, legends, and folk tales (link)
  • Story Collider - true, personal stories from ordinary people in the realm of science (link)
  • EssayPro - Narrative Writing (informative video and tutorial)

Argumentative Writing

  • CHS essential elements of argumentative pieces (checklist)
  • Visual Writing Prompts - Argumentative/Persuasive (link)
  • ThoughtCo 50 Compelling Argumentative Essay Topics (link)
  • New York Times: "200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing" (link)
  • 60 Compelling Argumentative Topics (link)
  • 50 Great Argumentative Essay Topics (link)
  • 150 Argumentative Essay Topics (link)
  • 401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing (link)
  • 55 Great Debate Topics (link)
  • 120 Debate Topics for High Schoolers (link)
  • 100+ Interesting Debate Topics (link)
  • The Perspective - Two Sides to Every Story (link)
  • ProCon.org - information on both sides of current issues (link)
  • EssayPro "Thesis Statement Writing" (informative video)
  • EssayPro "How to Write an Argumentative Essay" (informative video and tutorial)
  • Scribbr "How to Write a Strong Thesis Statement" (informative video)
  • Shmoop "How to Identify Ethos, Logos, and Pathos" (informative video)
  • Ariel Bissett "How to Write An Essay: Thesis" (informative video)
  • Argumentative Writing - Graphic Organizer (printable PDF)

Informative Writing

  • CHS essential elements of informative pieces (checklist)
  • 45 Informative Essay Topics (link)
  • 509 Informative Ideas and Topics (link)
  • YourDictionary Examples of Informative Essays (link)
  • Study.com Informative Essay: Definition, Examples, and Structure (link)
  • 75 Expository Prompts (link)
  • 15 Engaging Explanatory Writing Prompts (link)
  • ThoughtCo 61 Expository Essay Topics (link)
  • 92 Expository Essay Topics (link)
  • Good Informative Speech Topics (link)
  • EssayPro "How to Write an Informative Essay" (informative video)
  • EssayPro "Expository Essay" (informative video)
  • Mometrix Academy "Writing an Expository Essay" (informative video)
  • Being objective in your writing (informative video)
  • Canva - 40 of the best infographics to inspire you (examples)

Research Skills

  • CHS essential research skills (checklist)
  • Research: 50 Ideas to Get Started (link)
  • 100 Original Research Paper Topics (link)
  • PrepScholar 113 Great Research Paper Topics (link)
  • 717 Good Research Paper Topics (link)
  • 25 Controversial Topics for Research (link)
  • KnightCite - Citation Generator (link)
  • Citation Machine (link)
  • Carthage High School Media Center - database access (link)
  • "Papers & Essays: Crash Course Study Skills" (informative video)
  • "What is research?" (informative video)
  • OWLPurdue: "MLA Style: In-Text Citations" (informative video)
  • College Writing: "How to Write MLA In-Text Citations"(informative video)
  • McMaster Libraries: "MLA Citations" (informative video)
  • OWLPurdue - MLA Sample Works Cited Page (link)
  • Problems with Using Wikipedia for Research (article)

Vocabulary Study

  • CHS essential elements of vocabulary study (checklist)
  • 100 Words Every High School Freshman Should Know (link and flashcards)
  • 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know (link and flashcards)
  • College Board's Top 100 Common ACT/SAT Vocabulary Works (flashcards)
  • PrepScholar's ACT Vocabulary Top 150 Words (printable PDF)
  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary (link)
  • Thesaurus.com (link)
  • Dictionary.com (link)
  • Describing Words (link)
  • Visuwords Visual Dictionary (link)
  • Online Etymology Dictionary - Origins and Histories of Words (link)
  • Free Rice (link)
  • Word Sift (link)
  • Wordle (link)
  • Vocabulary.com Play (link)
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.