Amy Vaughan

Welcome to Language Arts 7 at Faith Home School Tutorial!

Welcome to Language Arts 7 at FAITH tutorial! I am so pleased that you have decided to share your student with me. Language Arts is a multi-faceted course that is both challenging and exciting. We will cover four main topics including: GRAMMAR, LITERATURE, WRITING, and VOCABULARY. If you would like to find out more about me, read this link: About Mrs. Amy Vaughan. To find out more about our new addition, please read here: LA Assistant Bio.

Important Dates/Announcements:

April 15–Baseball Jersey Day!

*Progress Reports have been emailed to all parents*

April 20/22: Curbside registration for next year for current students. Check the Registration tab for more details.

-Character Sketch
-Unit 9 Literature questions

-Nothing today!

In Class:
-Bell Ringer (10 Things I Like about Myself/10 Things I’d Like to Change); Novel perspective: What would Crispin say?
-Novel: Discussion/Chapter review
-Novel:  Event Sort/Timeline (in-class activity to help students prepare for Novel test)
-Novel/Writing Assignment: Essay on Courage (Mrs. Amy gave detailed notes about content, format, etc.); due April 27

Weekly Work:
-No Agenda changes

Literature study questions

-Acrostic Poem

In Class:
-Bell Ringer (Crispin quote reflection)
-Literature:  Discussion of Unit 9 poetry
-Novel Activity:  Students participated in an activity that demonstrated the spread of the Black Plague–they also learned a bit of geography!

Weekly Work–Agenda Changes:
-No Lord’s Prayer writing this week!

Novel: Students received a piece of cardstock to do a Character Sketch of Bear to include the following categories: a) Physical Description/Dress, b) Drawing, c) Careers/Training/Profession, d) Family, e) Beliefs, f) Connection to Crispin, g) Quotes, and h) Talents/skills.

-Name Acrostic poem

-Unit 8A Literature questions
-Novel Test (Fern)

In Class:
-BellRinger: (Novel vocab)
-Feudal System presentations and notes over class systems
-Novel:  Review of chapters 1-15 (Crispin)
-Literature:  Discussion of excerpt from Elisabeth Elliot’s Through Gates of Splendor (p.231)
-Weekly Work (no changes!)

*We didn’t collect Literature questions today; but, parents are welcome to grade and record the assignment for their student, if they choose!*

-Plot Map
-Unit 8A Literature Questions

-Plot Map
-Author Letter
-Christmas Point of View poem

In Class:
-Novel Test (“Where The Red Fern Grows”)
-Literature:  Discussion of “Isaac Watts:  Father of Modern Hymnology”
-Novel Discussion (Crispin):  Notes over Feudalism and accompanying handout
Weekly Work:  Agenda Changes

Weekly Work–Agenda Changes:
-Literature:  Students should write an Acrostic poem, using their name, that shares or highlights the Gospel message.  Students were given directions regarding this assignment!  For a reference point, please see your Literature text with Isaac Watts’ own acrostic poem.  Due 3/30.
-Novel assignment:  Using the handout and assigned “social class”, do some independent research about that “class”, and bring a prop to next week’s Tutorial class meeting  that represents your “social class”.  Look for who are they, what did they, how did they become a part of that class, what did they wear, etc. You can record this on your pyramid or on a notecard for your presentation. Due 3/30.

-Author Letter
-Christmas perspective poem

Gift of Age Interview

In Class:
-All class activities revolved around helping our students review for their novel test (3/23)
– Bell Ringer:  Fern Crossword Puzzle, Class “Fern-themed” Jeopardy game which included such topics as Characters, Plot, etc. , Story Map activity
-Weekly Work:  Agenda Change
Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Weekly Work:
Story Map/Plot Review handout, due 3/23

-Unit 6B Literature Study Questions

-Unit 5 & 6A Literature Study Questions

In Class:
-Bell Ringer (“Fern”)
-Novel:  “Fern” Review and discussion regarding Billy coming to modern-day Madison County
-Novel: Letter to Author (handout provided)
-Literature: Discussion of “Carol” poem; listened to Sally Lloyd-Jones poem “Song of the Stars” in preparation for student’s original Christmas poem (agenda change)
-Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

Weekly Work:
Agenda Change:  In concert with the Christmas readings unit in their Literature book, students will compose an original, creative perspective poem about the Christmas Story.  Due 3/9.

-Unit 5 Literature Study Questions, pg. 115-143
-Wksht: Novel Character Attribute Web
-Interview Questions and Answers (at least 20 total)
-Unit 6 Literature Study Questions, pg. 144-157

In Class:
-BellRinger:  Vocabulary Review (using Novel words)
-Novel:  Discussion/Review of chapters 1-10, “Fern”
-Novel:  Pop Quiz over chapters 1-10
-Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

Weekly Work–Agenda Change:
-No writing assignment due 3/2

*To Be Collected on 2/23:
•Unit 5 Literature Study Questions, pg. 115-143
•Wksht: Novel Character Attribute Web
•Interview Questions and Answers (at least 20 total) (see weekly work below)
•Unit 6 Literature Study Questions, pg. 144-157

*Weekly Work:
-Literature: Unit 6 pages 144-157
-Novel: Read Chapters 10-13 and complete study questions
-Interview: A Gift of Age
Write at least 20 thoughtful, engaging questions to ask a person who is at least 50 years old (grandparent, neighbor, church member, etc). Record their answers. The attachment above has some ideas to get you started but are not required to use. This should not just be basic, boring facts but should be fun and interesting as well. Your answers should be detailed and might require a follow up question to get plenty of information. Make sure you tell me who you are interviewing and his/her connection to you.

-Literature Questions (pp. 93-114)

WBP Character Booklet
-Novel Test:  WBP
-Literature Questions (1/26)
-Writing Portfolio

*In Class:
-Bell Ringer: Where The Red Fern Grows {WTRFG}, Topic:  Working towards a goal
-Novel discussion: WTRFG discussion over chapters 1-6
-Literature:  Discussion of structure of a play, and re-enactment of “The Forgotten Hero” (p. 86) with excellent performances by Isaac and Sam W.!
-Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

*Weekly Work:
Attribute Web for WTRFG characters, explanation and handout, due 2/16
-No Interview due on 2/16

-WBP Character Book

-Literature Study Questions (1/26)

*In Class:
-Literature Discussion and Critical Thinking Activity (p.78)
-WBP Novel Test

*Weekly Work:
*Make sure you have purchased our next novel (Where The Red Fern Grows) and its Progeny Press companion Study Guide*

-First Impressions essay

-Friendship Letter
-Literature Unit Study Questions, pp. 58-69

*In Class:
-BellRinger (WBP)
-In class discussion of end of novel, preparation for novel test on 2/2; Novel test will include matching, vocabulary, short answer, and *essay. *Essay topic provided today–essay will be written in class, during test*In
-In class discussion of poem (p. 68 “Sojourner”)
-Weekly Work *Agenda Change* (with novel test prep assignment–Character Book)

*Weekly Work:
-No Poster project OR essay on Hypocrisy
**WBP Character Book assignment; As a novel test study help, students were given a WBP Character “book” to complete.  Mrs. Amy provided the “book” template, explained the requirements, and showed students how to put the “book” together.  The “book” will be graded for content and presentation.  Due 2/2**

-Literature Unit Study Questions

-Writing Portfolio
-Literature Unit Study Questions

*In Class:
-BellRinger:  Witch of Blackbird Pond (WBP) exercise
-Discussion of WBP
Columbus poem
-Novel test content

*Weekly Work — Agenda Change*
-No “Coming Attractions” Movie Poster is due!
-WBP Friendship Letter, due 1/26

-Literature Unit Study Questions
-Rough draft of essay

-Literature Think It Throughs pg. 26-38
-First Impression Essays

*In Class:
-Enjoyed a lively discussion  about some statements related to topics and issues that will arise in our novel. I am proud of how the students thought, shared, and listened to one another.
-Discussed story pg. 2 (focused on theme)
-Reviewed ch.4-9 in novel through discussion of characters, especially Hannah Tupper
-Made an ABC list of gratitude
-Discussed writing portfolio and handed out grading rubrics (need a 3 prong folder with pockets; due next week)

*Weekly Work:
-Writing portfolios due next week
-Letter writing assignment listed on agenda will be done IN CLASS next week. Students were told this in class.


-Vocab Sentences (with comments)

-Literature Think It Throughs (pp. 5-7, 10, 13-14, 18, 25)

*In Class:
-Reviewed Agenda
-Weekly work
-With a dictionary, completed and discussed pp. 9-15, Witch of Blackbird Pond {WBP} Study Guide
-Discussed opening chapter of WBP, focusing on plot and characters
-Discussed “First Impressions” novel essay, due 1/12
-Writing Portfolio Due 1/19

*Students should write/type Literature answers on a separate sheet of notebook paper, not in their books.

*No Agenda Changes*


Students completed their grammar semester midterms (these were graded and returned to students on Thursday) and enjoyed a fun Christmas party with food and gifts.

Thanks for a great semester! Have a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday break.

-Grammar Exercise 15-5
-Essay First Draft
-Vocabulary Sentences Lessons 1-16

-Grammar Ex. 13-6, 15-5
-Journal 2020 Writing
-VQ 15/16

*In Class:
-Took VQ 15/16
-Completed punctuation word search and crossword puzzle
-Discussed midterm modifications which will be open notebook (organize in-summaries, notes, past tests) and grammar book
-Read aloud the short Christmas story: “The Gift of the Magi”
-Watched a short film of the story
Weekly Work:  Organize materials for midterm and study because it will be timed. Bring food items and gifts for our Christmas party! See previous email for specific details.

****Special note: Mrs. Tracie is quarantined from exposure for the remainder of the semester so please be patient with email responses, returned grades, makeup work, midterms, and progress reports. We need lots of grace! 🙂

-Grammar Exercise 13.6
-BellRinger:  Journal Reflection (Topic: Explain 2020 to a future generation through your own experience)

-11/17 Grammar Test
-11/17 Vocab Quiz
-Body Paragraphs w/comments

*In Class:
-Discussed mid-term preparation (review old Grammar tests and In Summaries, for starters!)
-Discussed journal reflection topic as a class
-Notes over Conclusion paragraphs
-Notes over Punctuation (in-class worksheet/handout)
Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

*Weekly Work:
Agenda Change:  Submit 5-paragraph essay draft (MUST include Introduction, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusion) due 12/8
*Essay draft must be:  Typed, Double-spaced, Times New Roman (12 pt font), 1″ margin.  Student name, date, and class should also be typed on draft.*
Agenda Change:  No Writing Portfolio due this semester (new date will be announced)
-Reminder:  Vocabulary Sentences Due, 12/8
-Students should bring their old Grammar tests to class next week, as those will be helpful in completing their Mid-Term Study Guide (provided by Mrs. Amy)

LA7 2021 Spring Semester Agenda –  This is the basic outline for your spring 2021 semester in LA7. This will allow you to be organized and prepared each week and give you a plan for your work at home. Copies will be provided for students.

Academic Calendar 20-21– school calendar

Supply List LA7 – students must come prepared for class the first day with all necessary materials. They will receive a supply grade on the first day of school.

Language Arts Course Policy – please read and familiarize yourself with our class policies before the year begins. Print and sign for the first day of class.

Secondary Class Schedule 20-21 – times and days that each class meets.

 If you have any questions, you can email the instructor at Please allow 24 hours for a response.