Reading and Writing Our Way Forward
As we navigated the overwhelming and sometimes rocky transition to remote learning, students (and teachers) at the middle school were processing a number of thoughts and emotions. The transition coincided with our 8th Grade ELA argumentative essay unit. In the unit, students were asked to choose a controversial topic and develop a well-researched thesis-driven argument around that topic. For some students, this allowed them to engage with the world around them, thoughtfully processing the new realities of the pandemic and its repercussions. For others, it allowed them the opportunity to escape, diving deep into a subject area interesting to them, but not at related to this new normal. We were extremely impressed by the submissions and found a few of them to be particularly relevant.
As a part of #InwoodWrites, we would like to feature some of the 8th grade argumentative essays. We will be focusing on featuring writing that responds directly to issues related to the pandemic. In a cultural moment when opinions are often presented as facts, I find it imperative to point out that each of these essays represent the opinions of each individual student. The students’ writing should, in no way, be seen as representative of the point of view Inwood Academy or myself (although it might be hard not to agree with them after an initial read).