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 assistant, please read here: About Mrs. Tracie.

Important Dates/Announcements:

*November 22, 24 – No Classes (Thanksgiving Break)
*Making A Difference: LA 7-12 Holiday Service Project–see your FAITH email for details.  Collection Dates: November 29–December 6*

11/29:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 15
*Grammar Exercise, p. 420
*Comma Practice

Returned:
*Grammar Test
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 15
*Grammar Exercise, p. 420
*VQ 13-14
*Narrative Writing
*Pronoun worksheet

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Punctuation Practice
*Grammar:  Interactive PowerPoint presentation and notes over Commas

Weekly Work:
*Students should bring LA binder to class next–especially old tests.  These will be used to complete the mid-term Study Guide in class.  The Study Guide is worth 15 points towards the test.  If students complete the Study Guide and turn it on the day of the test, it is an automatic 15 points.  However, if they forget to bring it OR choose not to complete it, it is a loss of 15 points.
*Our Holiday “Making A Difference” project is underway.  Today, in class, your student signed up for an item to bring to complete a holiday meal bag.
*More details forthcoming about our end-of-semester Christmas Party

11/15:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 14

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Thanksgiving Grammar Puzzle
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 13-14
*Grammar:  Interactive notes PowerPoint presentation over Pronoun References and supporting activities

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

11/8:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 13
*Grammar Exercise, p. 364
*Narrative Writing

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 13
*Grammar Exercise, p. 364

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Wksht #114 (Study aid for today’s grammar test)
*Grammar:  Test
*Writing:  Notes and discussion over Narrative Writing, including student self-evaluation of narrative writing submission

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda, noting there are no grammar exercises or writing assignments for this week

11/1:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise, p.349
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 12
*Writing:  Personal Narrative

Returned:
*Grammar Exercise, p.349
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 12
*Vocabulary Quiz, Lessons 11-12

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Sentences Types worksheet
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 11-12
*Writing:  Peer Reviews of personal narrative
*Grammar:  Subject/Verb agreement–white board exercises

Weekly Work–See Agenda Changes Below
*Personal Narrative format guidelines below–due 11/8
1.  MLA Typing
2.  Title
3.  1-page minimum
4.  Narrative rules
5.  Rough draft and final draft should be included in packet for submission

10/25:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 11
*Grammar Exercise, p. 313

Returned:
*Memorable Moments writing
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 11
*Grammar Exercise, p. 313

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Gerund/Infinitives worksheet
*Grammar:  Test
*Grammar: PowerPoint presentation and notes over Clauses and Sentences
*Writing:  “Memorable Moments” peer sharing and feedback

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

10/18:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 10
*Writing: “Moments”

Returned:
*Grammar Test
*VQ, Lessons 9-10
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 10
*”Leads” worksheet

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Parts of Speech worksheet
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 9-10
*Grammar:  Interaction PowerPoint notes over Verbals, group “Scoot” activity for “verbal” reinforcement.
*Writing: Discussion of “everyday moments/adventures” assignment; Mrs. Amy provided the 5 Ws that should be answered in this writing assignment:  When did it happen, What happened, Who was there when it happened, Where did it happen, and Why does/did it matter?

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

10/11:
Collected:
*Writing:  “Treasure”
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 9
*Grammar Exercise, p. 259

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 9
*Grammar Exercise, p. 259

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Adjectival/Adverbial Phrases worksheet
*Grammar:  Grammar Test (Adjectives & Adverbs)
*Writing:  Continued discussion of personal narrative writing, with emphasis on memories (happy and sad).  Mrs. Amy provided some examples from “popular” personal narrative collections.  Students were given a “List” worksheet to prompt some memory writing for their future narrative assignment.

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

10/4:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 8
*Grammar Exercise, p. 225
*”Leads” worksheet

Returned:
*VQ, Lessons 7-8
*Grammar Exercise, p. 225
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 8

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Study for VQ
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 7-8
*Grammar:  Notes over Prepositional Phrases/Appositives–with “Over The River and Through the Woods” preposition search activity
*Writing:  Discussed in detail the next writing assignment of a “treasure”.  Mrs. Amy and Mrs. Tracie shared their treasure, providing details that students should use in their own “Treasure” writing.

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

Happy Fall Break!

9/27:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #7

Returned:
*VQ 5-6
*Grammar Test
*Guess My Name
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #7

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Autumn Word Search–Happy Fall!
*Grammar:  Notes over Adverbs, via interactive PowerPoint presentation; In-class activity
*Grammar:  Notes on proper dialogue punctuation
*Writing:  Writing good “hooks”

Weekly Work:  Agenda Changes–See Below
*Complete Chapter 9 Grammar exercises
*Complete HOOK worksheet (based on fairy tales), due 9/4

9/20:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #6
*Grammar Exercise, p. 212

Returned:
*Grammar Worksheets:  Transition Words & Strong Verbs
*Grammar Exercises: p. 212
*Grammar Test:  Nouns & Pronouns
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #6

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Verbs worksheet
*Vocabulary:  VQ, 5-6
*Grammar:  Test
*Writing: “Guess My Name” activity and sharing

*Weekly Work:  Agenda Changes–See Below

Weekly Work:  Agenda Changes
*No Grammar Exercises this week
*Complete Worksheet Packet (Dialogue: Items A-D), due 9/27

9/13:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise, p. 94
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #5

Returned:
*VQ 3-4
*Vocab Sentences, Lessons 4-5
*Grammar Exercises, p. 94 & p. 140

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Grammar Worksheet
*Grammar:  Notes over Adjectives using interactive worksheet (complemented by Schoolhouse Rock’s Adjectives video clip)
*Writing:  Tying in our study of adjectives and use of strong verbs/adjectives, students were treated to an outdoor read-aloud of “Shrek” (by William Stieg), using their handout to identify choice verbs and adjectives.
*Writing:  Using descriptive adjectives, students began writing “Guess My Name”, a short autobiographical paragraph–with no name attached!

Weekly Work:  Agenda Change–see below
*Students should finish “Guess My Name” at home and bring to class on 9/20

9/6:
Collected:
*Wksht:  Transitions in Text
*Take-Home Grammar Test
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #4
*Grammar Exercise, p. 140

Returned:
*Plot handout

In Class:
*BellRinger: Pronoun Case Practice/Study for VQ 3-4
*Vocabulary:  VQ 3-4
*Grammar:  Notes over verbs (worksheet), specifically focusing on transitive/intransitive verbs; followed that discussion with a “Color by Numbers” transitive/intransitive worksheet.
*Writing:  Toolbox Lesson #3 (Internal Conflict); discussed the importance of conflict in narrative writing, students completed “What’s the Problem?” worksheet; Mrs. Tracie read aloud Sandra Cisneros’ short story “Eleven” and using that story, the class discussed the internal conflict in the story, and began work on a “Mind Map”

Weekly Work:  Agenda Change–see below

Agenda Change:
*Please complete “Color by Number” worksheet and “Internal Mind Map” at home and bring to class on 9/13.

8/30:
Collected:
*Plot handout
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #3

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #3

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Journal prompt: “Would You Rather…?” and lively class discussion
*Grammar:  Notes over Pronouns
*Grammar: Trash-ket-ball team activity with Pronouns
*Writing:  Notes over transition words; group editing of paragraph provided
*Weekly Work:  Agenda Change–see below!

Agenda Changes:
*Take-Home Grammar Test over Chapters 4-5:  Test should be taken without notes or book use.  Test should be returned to class next week (9/6)
*Complete Chapter 5 grammar exercises this week

8/23:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #2

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #2
*Vocab Quiz (VQ), Lessons 1-2

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Noun Crossword (as a study aid, too!)
*Grammar:  Test, Chapter 2
*Vocabulary: Quiz, Lessons #1-2
*Writing:  Intro to Narrative Writing continued, using favorite children’s book as a basis for discussion.  We looked at elements of plot in narrative writing.
*Weekly Work:  Agenda Changes–See Below

Agenda Changes:
*No Grammar Exercises this week
*Notes over Pronouns will be given next week (8/30)
*Next week’s Grammar Test (Chapters 4-5) will be a take-home test; details will be provided in class.

8/16:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise, p. 46
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #1

Returned:
*Grammar Exercise, p. 46
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #1

In Class:
*BellRinger:  “Would You Rather” questions–journal and group discussion
*Grammar:  Notes over Chapter 2 (Sentences) and Chapter 4 (Nouns)
*Writing:  Intro to Narrative Writing which included a small group brainstorming session on “what makes a good story?”

Weekly Work:
*Mrs. Amy reviewed the agenda and shared tips on how to study for next week’s Vocab Quiz and Grammar Test.  Also reminded the class to bring their favorite children’s book next week–a window into our discussion of Narrative Writing.

8/9:
Collected:
*Signed Course Policy sheet
*Ream of copy paper (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 “Five Words” paragraph at our next class meeting (8/16)
*Follow agenda

Before Class on 8/9:

1. Writing –
***Respond to the following prompt in paragraph form (bring first day) – What five words describe you? Elaborate and give explanations and examples.
2. Vocabulary – None
3. Grammar – Read Chapter 2 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 8/9.

Academic Calendar 22-23 – school calendar

Language Arts 8 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.

LA8 Fall Semester Agenda 2022 –  This is the basic outline for your fall 2022 semester in LA8. 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.