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 Amy Vaughan. To find out more about our assistant, please read here: About Mrs. Tracie.

Important Dates/Announcements:

*Fall Fest for Secondary Students, Saturday, 10/23–check your e-mail for details!

10/19:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 10

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 9

In Class:
*BellRinger: Everyday Edits
*Vocabulary:  Quiz, Lessons 9-10
*Grammar:  PowerPoint lecture/discussion over Phrases and Clauses
*Weekly Work–See agenda change below!

Weekly Work–AGENDA CHANGE:
*Writing: No Writing Assignment this week
*Grammar: Phrase & Clause Color By Number worksheet, due 10/26

10/12:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise 7.7
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 9
*Writing:  “My Treasures”

Returned:
*No items were returned today

In Class:
*Grammar:  Grammar Test
*Writing:  Generating ideas for “Memorable Moments”; students listed memorable moments, and shared a few of those in class.  They chose one “memorable moment” as their next writing prompt.  We did a “quick write”, and then students proofed and edited their work.  Discussion over the editing and proofing process.

Weekly Work:
*No changes–follow the agenda

10/5:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise 6.3
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 8
*”Hooks” worksheet

Returned:
*Dialogue worksheet
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lessons 7-8
*Grammar Exercise 6.3
*Vocabulary Quiz 7-8

InClass:
*BellRinger:  Study for VQ!
*Grammar:  PowerPoint notes over Conjunctions/Prepositions/Interjections
*Writing:  How to punctuate dialogue (review)
*Writing Workshop:  “Treasures”

Weekly Work:
*No agenda changes
*Happy Fall Break!

 

9/28:
Collected:
*Worksheet–Dialogue D
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 7

Returned:
*Grammar Test, Chapter 3
*Strong Verbs worksheet

In Class:
*Bellringer: Adverbs worksheet
*Grammar:  Adverbs PowerPoint lecture and discussion
*Writing Workshop: “Your Hook”–using fairy tales as a reference, Mrs. Amy discussed ways to engage the reader in your story, from the first paragraph.  Several types of hooks were identified and defined.  Students critiqued and edited “weak” hooks and made them “strong”.
*Weekly Work: See agenda change below!

Weekly Work–AGENDA CHANGE:
*Using the handout provided, students will choose ONE story from the list, and write 4 different leads/hooks for their chosen story.  Students should reference their in-class notes for types of hooks/leads.

9/21:
Collected:
*Verb Correction/Ways of Writing worksheets
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 6

Returned:
*Conflict worksheet
*Vocab Sentences, Lessons 5 & 6
*Vocab Quiz, Lessons 5-6

In Class:
BellRinger:  Study for Vocab Quiz or Grammar Test
Grammar:  Test, Chapter 3
Vocabulary:  Quiz, Lessons 5-6
Writing Workshop:  Notes and activity over “Writing Dialogue”; using children’s books, the students identified passages with particularly rich/strong dialogue.
Announcements:  Progress Reports and Fall Fest (10/23)

Weekly Work:
*Follow the agenda

 

9/14:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise, 3.7
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 5
*Writing:  Conflict worksheet

Returned:
*Vocab Quiz, Lessons 3-4
*Transitions worksheet
*Grammar Exercise, 3.7
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 4

In Class:
*Bellringer: Adjective Review
*Grammar:  “Bubble notes” over adjectives, additional adjective review
*Writing:  Identifying and using “power” verbs, interactive listening exercise (identifying “power” verbs in a story), listing “power” verb alternatives to “said”, etc.
*Writing: Thesaurus usage

Weekly Work:
*Please bring a children’s book with dialogue to our 9/21 class–we will use this for our discussion of writing dialogue.

9/7:
Collected:
*Transitions worksheet
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 4

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 3
*Grammar Test, Chapter 1 (Sentences)
*Plot Map
*Grammar Test, Chapters 2 & 4 (Nouns/Pronouns)

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Pronoun Case worksheet
*Grammar:  Notes over Verbs
*Vocabulary:  Quiz, Lessons 3-4
*Writing:  Discussion of “conflict” in story plot; Conflict in plot worksheet (see Weekly Work for agenda change)

Weekly Work–AGENDA CHANGE:
*Students should complete “Conflict” worksheet at home and add to their Writing Notebook

 

8/31:
Collected:
*Plot Map
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 3
*Chapter 1, Grammar Test
*No Grammar exercises were collected today in light of Grammar tests*

Returned:
*Vocab Quiz, Lessons 1-2
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 2

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Pronoun worksheet and discussion of pronouns
*Grammar:  Test, Chapters 2 & 4
*Writing:  Plot Elements (Transition Words)

Weekly Work–AGENDA CHANGE:
*Transition Verbs Worksheet, due 9/7

8/24:
Collected:
*Grammar Exercise 2.12
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 2

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 1
*”Five Words” Writing prompt
*Grammar Exercise 2.12

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Additional study time for vocab quiz and grammar test
*Vocabulary Sentence “How To” mini-workshop:  Mrs. Tracie provided some helpful tips/grading criteria for our weekly vocabulary sentences.  Students received information on format, content, word usage, proofing, etc.  They also received a *SAMPLE* submission.  
*Vocabulary Quiz (Lessons 1-2)
*Grammar:  Scattergories review game, helping students to identify types of nouns.
*Writing Workshop:  Using their favorite children’s book as a prompt, we discussed plot elements and structure

Weekly Work–AGENDA CHANGE:
*Take-Home Test:  Students were given their Chapter 1 Grammar test to be done at home.  Please honor the integrity of the test by completing the test as you would in class. Test should be completed and returned to class on 8/31.

8/17:

Collected:
*Signed LA Course Policy Form
*Grammar Exercise 1.2
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 1

Returned:
*Grammar Exercise 1.2

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Student Profile sheet
*Finished notes over Chapter 1 (Sentences)
*For review, the class played Trashketball, reviewing types of sentences, in preparation for their 8/24 Grammar test
*Discussed 8/24 Grammar Test (Chapter 1: Sentences) and Vocab Quiz (Lessons 1 & 2)
*Mrs. Amy provided an overview of our Narrative Writing unit, including a discussion of “what makes a good story?”

Weekly Work:
*Follow your agenda–especially studying for 8/24 Grammar Test and Vocab Quiz

*Vocabulary Study Guide–Helpful Vocabulary Quiz Information

8/10:

Collected:
*Signed LA Course Policy Form
*Writing Prompt:  “5 Words that Describe Me”

In Class:
*Snowball Ice Breaker–ask your student, it was so much fun getting to know each other a bit!
*Reviewed Course Policies–emphasized “Ask 3, Then Ask Me”, academic intergrity, make-up work v. late work, etc.
*Explained LA Agenda and how to use it well
*Mapped out a sample planner for managing your LA assignments and daily work 
*Curriculum Check
*Brief notes on Chapter 1

Weekly Work:
*Follow your agenda

Academic Calendar 21-22 – school calendar

Language Arts 8 Curriculum 21-22– 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 Tutorial Secondary Schedule 21-22 – times and days that each class meets.

LA8 Fall Semester Agenda 2021 –  This is the basic outline for your fall 2021 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.

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.