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:

Jackson Generals Game – Monday, April 29

Class Easter Party- April 23


Collected: Study Questions Unit 8 part 2 {graded and returned}

Returned: Study Questions, Bear novel drawing, Pop Quizzes.

In Class:

Reviewed last weeks pop quiz and made corrections. Worked in small groups doing a novel sequencing worksheet. Enjoyed a fun class Easter party.

For Next Week: Follow Agenda as always.

  • Please omit writing assignment “Courage” essay. Be working on your Diorama project / due 5-7!


Collected: The Lords Prayer writing assignment.

In Class: We spent time doing 10 important facts from our recent novel chapters with our novel discussion.

For Next Week: Follow the Agenda and read Crispin novel 39-46. No tests or quizzes.

Note: Be working on Diorama project which is due May 5th!


Collected: Unit 7 Study Questions part 2 for a grade.

In Class: Student’s did a Character Web for our Crispin novel /Bear. It was collected for grade.

We Read page 166 from Literature Book “The Creation”. Did a novel Crossword Puzzle.

Next Week: Refer to page 47 in Progeny Press Guide for Lords Prayer Writing Assignment. Follow Agenda

Note! All progress reports have been sent. Please let Mrs. Jill know immediately if you have any questions.


Collected: N/A

In class: Took Novel Exams. As soon as they are graded we will send Progress Reports.

Introduced Crispin Novel

Next Week: Follow Agenda. No tests or Quizzes!


Collected: Letters to the Author, Extra Credit Travel Writing

Returned: Interviews, Limericks

In Class: discussed and completed novel plot diagrams (received a grade), reviewed for NOVEL TEST

Weekly Work: study for test, complete chapters 1-15 for Crispin (bring new novel and study guide to class),lit unit


Collected: Study Questions Unit 5 & Limerick Poems

Returned : Writing Portfolios
In class we shared our poems out loud. We discussed our novel chapters.
From our Literature books we read page 140. {Refer to this page for your extra credit assignment below}.
Enjoy your Spring Break next week. Our Where the Red Fern Grows novel test will be on April 2nd.!
Letter to the Author assignment is also due 3/26. Use a formal letter writing format.
Extra Credit Optional Assignment: Write about a travel destination of your choice. This should be in any form of a poetry format. Please include details of sights, sounds, animals, and culture.
-character web poster (group work)
-dog comparison Venn diagram
In Class:
-took Chapters 1-9 Quiz (graded and returned)
-designed chapter 10-13 storyboard for novel (turned in)
-shared and analyzed tall tales that students brought in
Weekly Work:
-changes: write two of your own limericks, using correct form
2/26/19: It was a wonderful morning at the tutorial! Students turned in their final copy of the writing Portfolios in a 3 prong folder. I look forward to grading them and returning them as soon as possible. During our class time we worked on a novel Venn Diagram. Students compared 2 characters from our novel, Old Dan and Little Ann. The diagrams were turned in at the end of class for a grade. From our Literature books we read a Tall Tale  {page 104} Paul Bunyan’s Great Flapjack Griddle. For next week, students are to bring a copy of another Tall Tale story of their choice with them to class.
      Be prepared for an in class novel quiz next week {Where the Red Fern Grows} over chapters 1-9.
We are finally ready for our Interview Essay Assignment. Students were given a worksheet to aid them with this assignment that offers them interview topic suggestions and general assistance.
Please follow the Agenda as always for all other questions, classwork, and assignments. Have a wonderful week!
2/19/19: What a wonderful morning! The writing Body Paragraphs have been graded and returned back to your child. During class we went over in extreme detail exactly how next weeks Portfolio should be presented and turned in. All parts {minus the conclusion} have been edited and returned back to you. Please take my suggestions and comments to your first draft and apply them to this final version that is due next week! The final essay must be typed and put in a 3 prong folder. I am looking forward to reading your best work.
    During class we broke into small groups to do an Character Web assignment. The web was based on our new novel Where the Red Fern Grows. It focused on how each character acts, feels, looks, and says. 
     Note: We do have a small change to this weeks Agenda. The Interview assignment will not be due next week. We will return to this assignment soon. I would prefer you spend extra time on next weeks Portfolio assignment!
 Please follow your Agenda as always for all other questions and assignments.
2/12/19: We began our morning with collecting the students body paragraphs. They will be graded and returned back soon. From our Literature books, we read aloud two stories. The first story was The Countess and the Impossible {page 56} and Robert Frosts The Mending Wall. We then did a journal entry based on Frosts poem questioning if Good Fences Making Good Neighbors.
       We spent the majority of our class time taking on novel tests. You can look on Thursday’s Progress report for the test grades. If you have any questions regarding the progress report please let Mrs. Jill know as soon as possible so she can address your questions next week.
Please follow the Agenda as always for all questions, classwork, and assignments.
Agenda Note: Interview assignment is not due on 2/19. No tests or Quizzes next week!
2/5/19: We had another great morning in Language Arts! Study Questions Unit 3 {and several other things} were graded and have already been returned back to your child. 
     During class we went over the Story Structure of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Note: The test for this novel is next week! Please be prepared and study hard! We reviewed for the test during class today and students were to take notes. We also discussed the test essay topic and test format. I know they will do great! 
    You will be writing your Body Paragraphs for the Friendship essay for next week. The Body part of the essay will be 3 full paragraphs. The fourth paragraph that I will look for is the REVISED Introduction paragraph.
I am looking for your best work next week with the 4 Total paragraphs that you will be turning in.
    We will jump right into our new novel after next weeks test. Therefore please bring your hard copy of
Where the Red Fern Grows and the Study Guide with you to class. Have a wonderful week!
1/29: We did our best to stay warm on this very cold morning! The students turned in their Movie Poster assignment for a grade which has already been returned. Students also turned in their Education Poem writing assignment which will be given back as soon as possible. During class we read and discussed a poem written by Booker T. Washington {page 51/Literature books} “My struggle for Education”
    Note : Important Agenda changes! For next week be prepared to discuss chapters 19-21 and have completed the study packet. Your novel test will actually be on February 12! We will review for the novel test in class next week.
The Hypocrisy essay assignment {See Agenda} will be omitted. We will pick back up with our Friendship essays next week in class. Please bring your essay introductions and outlines with you.
1/22: First Impression Essays were turned in this morning. They will be graded and returned back as soon as possible. We also collected Study Questions {pg. 30 & 38} this morning which have already been graded and returned. During class we read aloud “Home” {pg.25} from our Literature books. We tried a Free Writing exercise in relation to this poem where students defined what “home” means to them. This was collected and I look forward to reading their thoughts. We also looked at another poem “A Students Prayer” {pg. 31} where we searched for Rhythm Scheme Patterns in poetry. Later we turned to our novels The Witch of Blackbird Pond to discuss last weeks chapters in detail. Please continue the novel readings {chapters 13-18 }for next week along with the study guide packet. 
         Note: We do have a change in our Agenda. The writing assignment Friendship Letter will be omitted for this week. You will have your Movie Poster {based on our novels} assignment due next week. It should be 1/2 of a poster size and include a title. It should also be creative, colorful, and neat.
      Students will also be writing a poem as stated on the Agenda. Refer back to page 31 for writing style. The poems topic is:  knowledge, school, education, wisdom
        Follow the Agenda as always for all other questions, classwork, and assignments. Have a wonderful week!
1/15: The students really jumped into The Witch of Black Bird Pond  with both feet today! We thoroughly discussed chapters 4,5,6,7,8 & 9 in class this morning. For next week they should have read up till chapter 12 of this novel. In the novel study guide book, they need to complete 7-9 & 10-12.
    This morning we collected the Literature Questions that were found on pages 18 & 24. They were checked for completion, graded, and returned back to your child. For next week they will do Literature Unit 2 pages 27-39.
Have this read and all study questions completed for next week.
    Students  also have a writing assignment, First Impressions due next week! This can be found and explained on page 17/18 in your novel study guide. The essay should be 1-2 pages long and written in correct essay format.
           Please follow your Agenda for all other questions. Have a great week!
1/8: Welcome Back! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season spent with family and friends.The students received a hard copy of their new Agenda. We looked at them closely together to clarify any questions or concerns. From our Literature books we read aloud and discussed {page 2} “Mama and the Doctors Wife”.Next we jumped right into a discussion of our new exciting novel The Witch of Black Bird Pond. As part of this weeks weekly work, the students will read chapters 1-6 at home and complete the Think it Through Study Questions for a grade.
Be sure to follow the new Agenda as always for all other questions, classwork, and assignments.
Don’t forget to bring all of your new materials and curriculum each week!
la8 2019 spring semester agenda – This is the basic outline for your spring 2019 semester in LA8. This will allow you to plan and be prepared each week and give you a plan for your work at home.

LA8 Supply List 2018-19 – 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 Courses policy – please read and familiarize yourself with our class policies before the year begins.

Secondary Schedule 2018-19 – times and days that each class meets.

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