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.

Important Dates:

2/13: This morning students turned in Unit 4 Study Questions for a grade. The Study Questions  have already been graded and returned. Your novel test { The Hiding Place} from last week was also returned to your child. All progress reports have been this time.  Please let us know if you have any questions. We kindly ask that you keep record of this report for your future recording purposes.
   We worked on a freestyle writing journal worksheet in class and began our new novel, The Call of the Wild. Study packets for novel chapters 4 & 5 were passed out to students to work on at home. During our class discussion, we read aloud Old Sly Eye {pg. 86} from our Literature Books. For this week, please follow your Agenda for all questions, classwork, and assignments. Agenda Changes: No poster due this week! We will work on in class.
      * Thanks to everyone who brought such wonderful treats this morning. We really enjoyed sharing the  food during at our class Valentines Party! 
2/6: Students turned in Unit 3 Literature Study Questions and the student prayer today for a weekly work grade. They also submitted their novel study guide  which was worth 15 points on their novel test over The Hiding Place. Students then took their first novel test during class after we reviewed together as a class. These tests will be graded and returned next week. After completion, they had an opportunity to watch part of the movie based on the novel. Progress reports will be emailed within the next week after all tests have been graded and recorded. 
Weekly work: Follow agenda for literature and novel assignments. Make sure to bring your new novel The Call of the Wild next week to class. 
We will have our class Valentine’s party next week. Students signed up for the following:
Rotel – Ella C.
Sweets – Gregory, Jonathan, Eden, Aaron, Ella D.
Drinks – Isaac, Maddie, Faith, Lanna Kate
Chips – Jack, Daniel, Joy
Plates/napkins – Jill
Silverware – Olivia
Cups – Rylan
1/30: We turned in our Literature Study Questions for Unit 3. They have already been graded and returned back to your child. The Writing Portfolios were also graded and returned. Please feel free to have students make any corrections and edit the grade for your own records.
     Next week will be our novel test over The Hiding Place. In preparation for next week’s test, the students were given a detailed review sheet today. They are to complete the review sheet at home and bring it to class next week. *Note:  This novel review sheet will be worth 15 points toward your exam! The novel test will be our last grade on this semester’s progress report. It will have to be graded before we can complete the Progress Report grades and email them to you. Therefore, we will have a short delay with our reports. We really appreciate you patience. 
     In class the students started an “Education Poem” . Please complete the poem at home and turn it in next week for a grade. As always please follow your Agenda for all other questions, classwork, and assignments.
 ** Note: We will be celebrating Valentines Day with a small in class party on February 13th. Be thinking about what you would like to contribute for our Valentines party.  Have a wonderful week!
1/23: We are all so happy to be back in a routine after enjoying the snow! Today we turned in our Writing Portfolios for a grade. I look forward to reading your best work. The students also turned in their Literature Unit 2 Study Questions. They have already been graded and returned. The Wisdom Essays have been graded and also returned back to your child. This morning they were given the last set of Novel Study Guide Packets for Chapters 13-15 to work on at home.  In class were worked on a novel Quotes worksheet as a group as well as discussed some highlights from Chapters 5-12.
    Please follow the Agenda as always for all of this week’s classwork, questions, and assignments. 
Note: We do have an Agenda Change.  Please do not worry about the Novel Essay  page 35 at this time. This assignments due date will be pushed back. Have a wonderful week! 
1/16: I missed seeing you this week in class but I hope you are having “snow” much fun! My family has enjoyed some extra free time and relaxation. I am currently on a trip to Washington DC with my husband (which also means I have limited access to all materials and a computer) so just wanted to take a moment to update you on how to proceed for class next week.
Weekly Work:  Just follow the agenda exactly for 1/23. Go ahead and complete the items that are due for next week. We will work on both week’s assignments in class as far as notes, worksheets, and activities to stay on track for the semester.  Don’t forget that I will collect writing portfolios when we return as well!

1/9/18: Its a great start to 2018!  The students turned in their “Wisdom Essays” this morning. They will be graded and returned back soon. The Literature Questions were also collected and have already been graded and returned. In class the students worked in small groups discussing various points from chapters 3 & 4 of  our novel, The Hiding Place.

For next week please follow the Agenda for all questions, classwork, and assignments. Remember the writing Portfolio is due!  Please note the detailed instructions we discussed for the full portfolio format. {see last weeks website notes}.

It has been brought to our attention that the students Conclusion essays have accidently been misplaced. We sincerely apologize for this error on our part. The essays were already graded, and the grades were shown on our last progress report. As far as the writing Portfolio, please simply omit the Conclusion essay from your final portfolio. Have a great week!

1/2/18: Welcome back! We had a great first day back and did our best to stay warm. The new Agendas were passed out to the students along with a new “homework pass”. Please follow the Agenda this week for all questions, classwork, and assignments.

We will be starting our novel, The Hiding Place. Study packets that the students will be focusing on weekly were passed out as well. We read and discussed Chapters 1 & 2 out loud in class this morning from the novel.

  • A writing Portfolio will be due on January 16th! We discussed the format thoroughly in class Note: It should be submitted in a 3 pronged folder. The format is as follows:
  1. Final Essay Draft
  2. Revised Outline
  3. Rough draft outline
  4. Rough draft conclusion
  5. Rough draft Body Paragraph
  6. Rough draft Introduction
  7. Typed, 12 in sz font, Times New Roman, 1 inch Margin 

Next week a one page essay on Wisdom is also due. Please see page 14 from your packets for all the details for this Writing assignment. Be sure to answer all 3 of the questions!

LA8 2018 Spring Semester Agenda – This is the basic outline for your spring 2018 semester in LA8. This will allow you to plan and be prepared each week and give you a plan for your work at home. As a class on the first day, we will discuss and practice how to prepare for each class in order to be successful in language arts which will include looking at this agenda. I will provide them with an example weekly schedule to aid in their success.

Language Arts 8 Supply List 2017-18 – students must come prepared for class the first day with all necessary materials.

Language Arts Courses policy – please read and familiarize yourself with our class policies before the year begins.

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