Amy Vaughan

Welcome to Language Arts 9 Honors Option at FAITH!

Welcome to Language Arts 9 Honors Option 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 classroom assistant, please read here: About Mrs. Tracie

Important Dates/Announcements:

*Spring Agenda – NOW POSTED in links below!

1/26:
Collected:
*Unit 4 SQs
*WH Love Poem
*Vocabulary Check, ch. 13-17

Returned:
*Heathcliff perspective essay
*Unit 4 SQs
*Vocabulary Check, ch. 13-17
*”Tell-Tale Heart” Scavenger Hunt quiz

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Journal prompt–“opposites attract?”
*Novel:  Discussion of Heathcliff’s return; Family Tree and Timeline handouts (discussed and completed in class); Prophecy and Foreshadowing handouts, discussed and completed in class.
*Literature:  Discussion of Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”; students completed questions about the poem in groups, and then discussed their responses.

Weekly Work–Agenda Changes:
*Character Essay will be due 2/9–more info on that in our next class meeting
*”Choices” poem due 2/2–Mrs. Amy provided and went over a detailed handout regarding this assignment.

1/19:
Collected:
*Unit 3 SQs
*Novel Vocab Check:  Chapters 1-12

Returned:
*Unit 3 SQs
*Novel Vocab Check:  Chapters 1-12

In Class:
*BellRinger:  “Tell-Tale Heart” vocabulary exercise
*Literature:  True/False Poe Bio “quiz”; discussion of Poe’s life as it relates to his writings.  Students listened to an audio version of “Tell-Tale Heart”, followed by a brief discussion of the story.
*Novel:  Detailed discussion of Chapter 9 and the courtship of Catherine.  Group discussion of who is the best suitor for Catherine–Heathcliff or Linton.

Weekly Work–Agenda Change:
*Students will write an original poem with the following criterion:  1.  Written in Catherine’s voice; 2.  Minimum of 3 stanzas; 3.  Theme of her love for Heathcliff but why she is choosing to marry Linton; 4.  It can be written to Heathcliff, or be her own personal reflection.  Due 1/26

 

1/12:
Collected:
*Literature:  Unit 2 SQs
*Writing: Heathcliff perspective

Returned:
*Literature:  Unit 2 SQs

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Author Bio & Re-read pp. 29-32 in Literature book
*Literature: Discussion of Frost’s “The Death of a Hired Man” with discussion facilitated by Literature prompt questions. Students then did several “quick writes” regarding home, , what it means, and various character’s perspectives of home.
*Novel:  Pop quiz on opening chapters (these were self-graded and discussed, much to the students’ delight).  Detailed notes and interactive discussion focusing on Lockwood’s nightmare, and Heathcliff’s response.  Family dynamics in WH were also discussed.
*Class Announcements:  Mrs. Amy met with UU Creative Writing Workshop participant after class today.  For Honors students, the spring 2023 agenda will be sent by Saturday.

Weekly Work:  Follow agenda

 

1/5:

*No items were collected or returned today

In Class:
BellRinger:  Highlights of the Holiday

Classroom Procedures:  Mrs. Amy handed out our SPR 2023 agenda and went over the format, etc.  She also explained format for completion and submission on Literature study questions (SQ). When submitting a SQ assignment, students should:
1. Label with name/date/class
2. Provide page numbers for each set of questions (For example: pp. 23-29, #1-4)
3. Write legibly or type assignment

In addition, a Wuthering Heights (WH) study guide (SG) and vocabulary list (VL) were handed out.  WH vocabulary should be completed and submitted on a weekly basis, as noted on the agenda.  Students should note definition and part of speech.  For extra credit, they may correctly use the word in an original sentence.

Literature:  Notes over elements of a story–plot, characterization, theme, and setting.  Then, students did a quick “refresh” read of “Good Morning, Ms. Dove”.  Dividing into groups, they provided details on story elements noted above.

Novel:  Students took a “Love Is” quiz which asked their opinions on facets of romantic love as it relates to WH.  Author Bio was provided and Mrs. Amy gave some brief notes over that handout.  In addition, she provided an introduction to the story, highlighting the locations central to the novel:  Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange (handout).

Agenda Changes–Weekly Work
*Students should complete WH Vocab for chapters 1-8.  Due 1/12
*Students should write an original piece, from Heathcliff’s perspective, reflecting on his arrival and initial impressions of Wuthering Heights.  Due 1/12

*Before our class returns on January 5: 

1.Read chapters 1-3 of Wuthering Heights

2. Read World Literature book, Unit 1

***No study guide or literature questions need to be completed over break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

12/15:
Collected:
*Mid-Term Review Guide

Returned:
*No items to return

In Class:
*Mid-Term
*Honors Student Presentations
*Class Christmas Party and Gift Exchange

12/8:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 16

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 16
*Precise & Concise Writing
*Writing: Tone
*VQ 15-16
*Grammar Test: Punctuation

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Christmas Puzzle
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 15-16
*Mid-Term guide:  Mrs. Amy handed out and went over in great detail the Mid-Term study guide.  She provided format and test question information.  The completed guide is worth 15 points. Students must bring the completed guide on 12/15–it is worth 15 points of the mid-term. Otherwise, you start the midterm with a grade of 85.  Use the guide wisely!

Weekly Work:
*Complete the mid-term study guide and bring it to class on 12/15.

12/1:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 15
*Writing: Tone

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 15
*Grammar Test:  Clauses and Agreement

In Class:
*BellRinger:  WordSearch
*Grammar:  Notes over Punctuation through a station-to-station set of exercises–with example sentences
*Grammar:  Open note test (Punctuation)

Weekly Work:
*Follow Agenda

LA9 2023 Spring Agenda – This is the basic outline for your spring 2023 semester in LA9. 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 on the first day of class. Remember that this is subject to changes and updates as needed throughout the semester.

Academic Calendar 22-23 – school calendar

Language Arts 9 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.

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.