Amy Vaughan

Welcome to Language Arts 8 at Faith Home School Tutorial!

Welcome to Language Arts 8 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:


-Literature Unit Study Questions
-Rough draft of essay

-Literature Think It Throughs pg. 19-31
-First Impression Essays

*In Class:
-Enjoyed a lively discussion and “debate” 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 poem pg. 19 (rhyme scheme)
-Reviewed ch.4-9 in novel
-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.
Addition: write a comparison poem, comparing life to something (music, book, game, flower, etc.). Needs to be 2 stanzas at least and try to use a rhyme scheme.


-Vocab Sentences (with comments)

-Literature Think It Throughs (pp. 2,3,10, 18)

*In Class:
-Reviewed Agenda
-Reviewed Weekly Work (*Writing Portfolio, due 1/19,)
-Using 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

*No Agenda Changes*

Students completed their grammar semester midterms (have been 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 16-16
-Essay First Draft
-Vocabulary Sentences Lessons 1-16

-Grammar Ex. 16-16, 9-17
-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 9.17
-BellRinger:  Journal Reflection (Topic: Explain 2020 to a future generation)

-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)

LA8 2021 Spring Semester Agenda – This is the basic outline for your spring semester in LA8. This will allow you to plan and be prepared each week and give you a plan for your work at home. Copies will be handed out to students.
Academic Calendar 20-21 – days and times for secondary classes.
Supply List LA8 – 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.

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.