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 classroom assistant, please read here: About Mrs. Tracie.

Important Dates/Announcements:
*Making A Difference: LA 7-12 Holiday Service Project–see your FAITH email for details.  Collection Dates: November 29–December 6*

 

12/1:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 14

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lessons 13-14
*VQ, Lessons 13-14
*CSI: Subject Verb Agreement packet

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Punctuation Word Search
*Grammar:  Notes over Punctuation
*Vocabulary:  Quiz, Lessons 13-14

Weekly Work–Agenda Changes:
*Students should bring TOW portfolio to class next week (12/8)
*Reminder:  When studying, include all of Chapter 16–Punctuation, in your review
*Students should bring their LA binder, including old tests, to assist in completing the Mid-Term Study Guide to class next week (12/8).

 

11/17:

Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 13
*Grammar Exercise, p. 333
*Writing:Holiday Essay

Returned:
*Pronoun Quiz

In Class:
*BellRinger: Worksheet, Reverse Thanksgiving Grammar
*Grammar: Finished group “CSI” activity
*Grammar Test: Chapters 12, 13
*Writing:  NONE

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

11/10:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 12
*Grammar Exercise, p. 315

Returned:
*Body Paragraphs
*TOW
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 12
*Grammar Exercise, p. 315
*Vocabulary Quiz, Lessons 11-12

In Class:
*BellRinger: Worksheet, Chapter 12 review
*Vocab: Vocabulary Quiz, Lessons 11-12
*Grammar:  Indefinite Pronoun quiz
*Grammar: Continued group “sleuth/CSI” activity; please note that our day was so busy that we didn’t get to our interactive PowerPoint presentation and notes over Pronoun References (see PPT link below–students will be responsible for information covered in Grammar, Chapter 13)
*Writing:  Mrs. Amy gave feedback on persuasive writing submissions

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda
*Final version of student persuasive writing is due 11/17
*View Pronoun Reference PPT noted below

 Grammar – Pronoun Reference STUDENT

11/3:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 11
*TOW Writing Packet w/Rubric

Returned:
*Grammar Test
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 11

In Class:
*BellRinger: Worksheet–Sentence Structures
*Grammar:  Interactive PowerPoint presentations with notes over Subject/Verb agreement.  Began group “sleuth/CSI” activity to reinforce subject/verb agreement lessons.

Weekly Work:
*Weekly Work:  See Agenda Changes below
1.  Progress Reports will be e-mailed on Monday, 11/7.  Mrs. Amy will be grading the TOW portfolios submitted today and that will be the last grade added to your PR.
2.  No essay work this week
3.  Bring back “CSI” activity next week (11/10) to complete in class

TOW Topic Sheet for Weekly Work:TOW Topic Sheet

10/27:
Collected
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 10
*Grammar Exercise, p. 269
*Writing:  Body and 4 paragraphs/Persuasive Writing

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 10
*Grammar Exercises, pp. 203 & 269
*VQ, Lessons 9-10

In Class:
*Fabulous Fall Party–many thanks for all the delicious treats provided by our LA7 FAITH families!
*BellRinger:  “Color Me Phrases” worksheet
*Vocabulary: VQ, Lessons 9-10
*Grammar: Test

Weekly Work:
*Writing:  TOW (Weeks 1-11) due 11/3 ~NOTICE THAT IT INCLUDES 11 as a correction from class announcement
By way of reminder, here’s the format:
1.  3-prong folder labeled with student name, class
2.  TOW Topic Sheet–with selected prompts highlighted (page one of folder)
3.  TOW prompts, Weeks 1-10, in order–with each prompt properly labeled with week # and prompt selected. 

 

10/20:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #9
*Grammar Exercise, p. 203

Returned:
*Intro paragraphs
*VQ, Lessons 7-8
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #9

In Class:
*BellRinger: Wksht #118 (Parts of Speech)
*Grammar:  Interactive PowerPoint notes over Clauses & Sentence Types; Played  “Trash-Ket-Ball” to reinforce sentence types and clauses
*Writing:  Persuasive writing, 4 paragraphs (no Conclusion paragraph yet!)  w/revised Intro paragraph, due 10/27

Weekly Work:
*Students may create a 4×6 notecard for their next Vocabulary Quiz (10/27).  Front and back of card may be used.  Students can include roots, definitions, or whatever will help them on their quiz.  

10/13:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #8
*Writing: Introductions (worksheet chart and typed paragraph)

Returned:
*Grammar Test: Adjectives/Adverbs (students received one additional point for an error in grading)

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Worksheet–#116 Preposition Preview
*Grammar: PPT Notes–Phrases 
*Writing:  Discussed Essay format, reviewed introduction, and noted body paragraph information.

*Weekly Work:  See Agenda Changes below

*Writing: Begin writing body paragraphs using PPT notes info from today. Due on 10/27 after receiving graded introductions back next week.
*TOW #6-10 due on 11/3 for next grading (use same guidelines as first set for format)

9/29:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #7

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #7
*ADJ/ADV activity
*Grammar Exercise, p.156
*Vocabulary Quiz, Lessons 5-6
*TOW Portfolio
*Outline

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Worksheet–Adverbs; quick review before Grammar Test
*Grammar: Test–Adjectives and Adverbs
*Writing:  Persuasive Essay assignment, discussed at length with details listed below under Weekly Work.  This information was also provided in class.
Essay Topic:  What is the best holiday and why
*Weekly Work:  See Agenda Changes below

Agenda Changes–Persuasive Essay information:
*Students are to write and type their Introduction AND complete the Intro Worksheet provided in class.  The typed Introduction is to be stapled to the Intro Worksheet and turned in on 10/13.  
Typed Format Requirements:
1.  12-point font
2.  Times New Roman (or appropriate, professional font)
3.  Double-spaced
4. 1-inch margin
5.  Name/Date/Class should be typed on the Intro (not handwritten)
6.  Essay Intro should have a title that relates to the essay topic

 

9/22:

Collected:
*TOW Packet
*Outline
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #6

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #6
*Grammar Test (Nouns & Pronouns)

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Adjective worksheet
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 5-6
*Grammar:  Notes over Adverbs and classroom activity
*Writing:  Mrs. Amy returned the persuasive essay outlines, and students are to revise and strengthen their topic sentences.  See PowerPoint link below on this topic.

Weekly Work:  See Agenda Change below
*Writing:  Students are to revise their persuasive essay topic sentences, due 9/29

TOW Topic Sheet for Weekly Work: TOW Topics

Class PPT Notes: Topic Sentences – Persuasive – Writing Strong Topic Sentences

9/15:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #5
*Grammar Exercise, p. 156

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lessons #4-5
*Grammar Exercises, p. 119 & p. 156
*VQ, Lessons 3-4

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Adjectives worksheet
*Grammar:  Test (Nouns, Pronouns)
*Writing:  Notes over Persuasive Writing Outline; free-writing on topic provided by Mrs. Amy; discussion of persuasive points.  Mrs. Amy also provided Persuasive Essay Outline handout (due 9/22).  Topic for outline is: what is the best holiday and why?
*TOW Writing Prompts:  Mrs. Amy thoroughly explained how to submit TOW, weeks 1-6 prompts (folder, order, format, etc).  See Weekly Work below for summary.  

Weekly Work:  See Agenda Changes below

Weekly Work–Agenda Changes:
*TOW Writing Prompts–first 6 weeks are due next week (9/22)
1.  3-prong folder labeled with student name, class
2.  TOW Topic Sheet–with selected prompts highlighted (page one of folder)
3.  TOW prompts, Weeks 1-6, in order–with each prompt properly labeled with week # and prompt selected. 

*Outline for Persuasive Essay, due 9/22
*No Grammar Exercises this week

9/8:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #4
*Grammar Exercise, p. 119

Returned:
*Grammar Test (Chapters 1-2)

In Class:
BellRinger:  Pronoun Case Practice worksheet/Review for VQ
Vocabulary:  VQ Quiz 3/4
Grammar:  Notes over Adjectives (see handout); to reinforce our Adjectives lesson, we played “Scoot:  Adjectives” version.  Ask your student about it–we had fun!
Writing:  “Free Writing” mini-workshop and brainstorming practice; students brainstormed using provided prompts, and began thinking about ideas for their persuasive essay.

Weekly Work:  Follow Agenda

9/1 (Happy September!):
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #3
*Grammar Exercise, p. 91
*Mentor Essay Evaluation

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #3
*Grammar Exercise, p. 91
*Mentor Essay Evaluation

In Class:
*Bell Ringer:  Journal prompt and discussion of “Would You Rather?”
*Grammar:  Grammar Test (Chapters 1-2)
*Grammar:  Notes over Pronouns
*Writing:  Notes on Persuasive Essay writing; using Mentor Essay Eval #1, students compared Draft #1 to a re-vamped Draft #2

Weekly Work:  See Agenda Change below
*Students should complete Draft #2 Essay evaluation and have it ready for class on 9/8

8/25:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise, p. 60
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #2

Returned:
*Grammar Exercise, p. 60
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #2
*Vocab Quiz (VQ), Lessons #1-2

In Class:
BellRinger:  Verbs Practice worksheet
Vocabulary:  Quiz, Lessons #1-2
Writing:  Group Persuasive Writing activity
Writing:  Interactive PPT notes and discussion {Intro to Persuasive Essay Writing}
Weekly Work:  See Agenda Changes below

Agenda Changes:
*Complete “Persuasive Essay Draft 1” evaluation handout due 9/1
*Mrs. Amy provided “Notes on Nouns” handout

8/18:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise, p.10
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #1

Returned:
*Grammar Exercise, p.10
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #1

In Class:
*BellRinger: “Would You Rather?” journal prompts and lively class discussion
*Mrs. Amy reviewed weekly work and Agenda points for next week, as this is a new process for our seventh graders to learn!  She also provided pointers on how to study for Vocab Quizzes and for  Grammar Tests–including those coming up next week. 
*Grammar:  Interactive PowerPoint (PPT) presentation and notes over Sentences (Chapter 1) and handout/notes over Verbs (Chapter 2).  *Please see link below for the PPT*
*Writing:  Intro to Persuasive Writing
*Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

Agenda Changes:
*No Mentor Essay evaluation for at-home work–we hope to do that in class next week.
*First Day paragraph about favorite children’s book will be used in class next.

Grammar – Sentences PPT

8/11:
Collected:
*Signed Course Policy sheet
*Ream of copy paper and Expo markers (Thank You!)

In Class:
*Tutor and Classroom Teaching Assistant intros
*”Get To Know You” stations which included “All About Me” worksheets, Course Policy/Agenda scavenger hunt, and book recommendations
*Reviewed Course Policies
*Agenda Change–See Below

Weekly Work:
*Agenda Change:   We will discuss and collect the “Favorite Children’s Book” paragraph at our next class meeting (8/18)
*Follow agenda

Before Class on 8/11:

1. Writing – ***Respond to prompt in paragraph form (bring first day): -What is your favorite children’s book and why?

2. Vocabulary – None

3. Grammar – Read Chapter 1 to prepare for class notes and discussion

4. Read each helpful link below for class information. Please print and sign the course policy sheet and bring to class on 8/11.

Academic Calendar 22-23 – school calendar

Language Arts 7 List 22-23 – 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.

Secondary Language Arts Course Policy – please read and familiarize yourself with our class policies before the year begins. Print and sign the last page for the first day of class. Keep the policy sheets in your binder for quick reference.

Faith Secondary Schedule 22-23  – times and days that each class meets.

LA7 Fall Semester Agenda 2022 – This is the basic outline for your fall 2022 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. Remember that this is subject to changes and updates as needed throughout the semester.

If you have any questions, you can email the instructor at uuangel@yahoo.com or the assistant at tracie.barnard@gmail.com. Please allow 24 hours for a response.