It was my pleasure recently to observe a writing lesson in Mrs. Manneboina’s sixth grade classroom. Students were crafting six-paragraph essays based on a reading enjoyed in class on the life of St. Francis. While the teacher circulated the room, students were able to ask questions about format, context, grammar, and vocabulary. Because I couldn’t resist, I jumped in and began interacting with students and assisting them in their quest to draft a well-written essay. The entire experience delighted me, perhaps a bit more than the students.
Teaching students to strive for excellence in writing is no small task, and I personally have found nothing more difficult to teach. Choosing just the right words that become just the right sentences that become just the right paragraphs that convey just the right meaning takes time and practice, practice, practice. So, why do we bother spending so much time on the arduous task of writing?
Perhaps this rather dramatic statement written decades ago by author Madeleine L’Engle is a glimpse into why Trinity Academy continually strives for excellence in writing:
When words are used in a way that is going to weaken language, it has nothing to do with the beautiful way that they can wriggle and wiggle and develop and enrich our speech, but instead it is impoverishing, diminishing. If our language is watered down, then mankind becomes less human and less free. (A Circle of Quiet, 1972)
Ms. L’Engle believed writing standards were on the decline when she wrote that statement in 1972, and I believe she was right. When language arts instruction suffers, we all suffer. At Trinity, we are dedicated to creating writers with strong vocabularies and reading backgrounds so that our students can persuasively and winsomely convey their ideas, whether it’s an essay on St. Francis in sixth grade or a senior thesis on any given topic their senior year.
I’m grateful for my own children’s teachers at Trinity who helped create graduates that have each received excellent grades in their college English classes and beyond. Jessica and Jacob would each humbly tell you that their writing abilities have made them standouts in classes other than English, and those essential skills were gained years ago in the classrooms at Trinity Academy.
Have a great weekend!
TRINITY TALK SESSIONS
Join Mr. Breazeale to discuss various aspects of Trinity Academy during one of the upcoming Trinity Talk sessions! During these talks Mr. Breazeale will focus on a topic, with a 5-10 minute overview, before engaging in questions and answers with those in attendance for the remainder of the time. The next talk is slated for Thursday, March 8th and includes a discussion around the question, How is Trinity Academy Innovatively Classical? RSVP (space is limited) here
TECHNOLOGY AND FAMILIES: An opportunity to gather together around this important topic
While not an official Trinity Academy sponsored event, Trinity parents, Samantha Kilpatrick and Erin Anderson are working together to provide an opportunity for parents to engage in conversation around technology and families this coming Saturday, March 3rd, 9-11 am in the Atrium. See the links below for more information.
CORRECTED TICKET LINK – Hello, Dolly!
Unfortunately, one of the links in Tiger Tales on March 1 does not work. If you would like to order tickets to the High School Theatre Arts production of Hello, Dolly! on March 23 or 24, please use this link
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Week of March 12: Classroom level Poetry and Prose presentations+
Week of March 19: Second Level Poetry and Prose presentations
March 28: Final Poetry and Prose competition at 8:30 in Founders’ Hall. Parents welcome!
March 30: All-School Good Friday chapel and early release day
Week of April 2-6: Spring Break!