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 new addition, please read here: LA Assistant Bio.

Important Dates/Announcements:

May 20 – Last Day of Class, Final Exam (bring your review sheet)

5/13:
Collected: Great Expectations (GE) Character Jumble

In Class:
-BellRinger: GE Character Jumble
-Honors Presentations:  Final Novel Project
GE Review Sheet, class time was given to work on review sheet–complete the rest at home as Weekly Work
*Completed review sheet will be submitted in class on 5/20, and will be worth up 10 points as part of the Novel Test grade*

5/6:
Collected:
-Martin Luther tweets
-Literature Unit 16A Questions
*We didn’t collect Literature questions today; but, parents are welcome to grade and record the assignment for their student, if they choose!*

Returned:
Great Expectations quotes analysis
-Martin Luther tweets
-Literature Unit 16A Questions

In Class:
-Bell Ringer–Great Expectations word search and in-class crossword puzzle (for novel test review purposes)
-Novel:  Discussion of chapters 46-52 and notes over novel family connections/relationships
-Literature:  Discussion of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” (in the beautiful outdoors!)

4/29:
Collected:

Returned:
Great Expectations Quote Project

In Class:
-Bell Ringer (Literature/Martin Luther key word search)
-Literature:  Reader’s Theatre (Martin poem) and discussion
-Novel:  Quotes analysis, chapter reviews, and discussion
-Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

Weekly Work:
-Luther Tweet assignment, due 5/6

4/22:
Collected:
Great Expectations Quote Project
-Diamante poem
*We didn’t collect Literature questions today; but, parents are welcome to grade and record the assignment for their student, if they choose!*

Returned:
-Unit 13 Literature questions
-Postcard
-Diamante poem

In Class:
-Bell Ringer:  Journal Reflection (Revelation of Pip’s benefactor), discussion
-Novel:  Chapter discussion
-Novel:  Began Novel “study guide” completion on handout related to chapters 15-33
-Literature:  Discussion and notes over Dante’s Divine Comedy
-Novel activity:  Quote analysis
-Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

Weekly Work:
-Students should complete quote analysis and submit for a grade, 4/29

4/15:
Collected:
-Unit 13 Literature questions, Trojan postcards

Returned:
-Animal Fables
-Unit 12 Literature questions

In Class:
-Bell Ringer:  Journal Reflection/Novel (What would you do with an inheritance?)
-Novel:  Chapter reviews and discussion about Pip’s character evolution
-Literature: Watched “Trojan Horse” video, discussed Literature text, and composed/designed a Trojan postcard (post-destruction of the city)
-Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

Weekly Work:
Novel Diamond Poem:  Students will compose an original poem, in diamond format, contrasting two (2) Great Expectations characters, due 4/22

4/8:
Collected:
-Literature study questions

Returned:
-Fable worksheet
-Allusions

In Class:
-Bell Ringer (Journal reflection, how a person/event affected you, positively and negatively)
-Literature:  Writer’s Workshop–student read their fables and received feedback from peers and Mrs. Amy!
-Literature: Discussion of Plato’s Republic excerpt in textbook
-Novel:  Chapter discussions (Great Expectations)

Weekly Work:  No Agenda changes

4/1:
Collected & Returned:
-Nothing–no fooling!

In Class:
-BellRinger:  Reflective prompt (Where would you live, if you could live anywhere?  How would your life be different?)
-Novel:  Discussed chapters 11-19; discussion was guided by Active Reading questions; in-class team project (write a metaphor or simile for a Great Expectations character)
-Literature:  Discussion of Aesop’s Fables ( p.318); in-class activity (“The Moral of the Story”)
Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

Weekly Work:
Students will write their own fable, due 4/8
-We will collect all Unit 12 Literature Study questions 4/8


3/25:
Collected:
-Unit 11 Literature Study Questions
-Allusions

Returned:
Wuthering Heights form poem

In Class:
-BellRinger (Plot Bubble Worksheet–Great Expectations)
-Novel:  Review of chapters 1-14
-Literature: Discussion of Gilgamesh and a Readers Theatre activity–next stop, Broadway!

Weekly Work:
No changes, follow Agenda

3/11:
Collected
:
-Memories of smiling faces looking forward to Spring Break! ♥

Returned:
-Novel Test
-Unit 9 Literature Study Questions

In Class:
-BellRinger Journal:  Write about a childhood experience that made you feel joyful, secure, etc.–and then consider the opposite feeling and set of events. (Pre-Reading exercise for our new novel)
-Introduced our next novel, Great Expectations, with author bio information.
-Discussed and provided handout for Great Expectations Character Quote project, due 4/23
-Literature: Discussed and took notes over allusions, with in-class activity identifying and explaining allusions.
Weekly Work:  Agenda Change

Weekly Work:
-Students should find three(3) allusions in songs–they can be historical, biblical, pop culture, mythological, etc. Written list– due 3/25.

3/4:
Collected:
-Form Poem
-WH Timeline Project

Returned:
-Unit 8 Literature Study Questions
-WH Timeline Project

In Class:
-Bell Ringer (WH Character Growth chart)
-Presentation of WH Timeline projects–Mrs. Amy and Mrs. Tracie were very impressed with the creativity that our students displayed in their projects! Well done!
-Novel:  WH Test

Weekly Work: No Agenda Changes

2/25:

Novel Test Review: Wuthering Heights Test Review

Collected:
-Units 7/8 Literature Study Questions

Returned:
-Character Comparison
-Love Poem (WH)
-Unit 7 Literature Questions

In Class:
-Bell Ringer:  Novel Review, Psalm 98 variations
-Poetry Basics Mini-Lesson, emphasis on rhyme and rhythm (Mrs. Tracie)
-Form Poetry (with in-class assignment, see below!)
-Novel Test Review (Test 3/4), Novel Timeline Project due 3/4
-Weekly Work (Agenda Change)

Agenda Change:
Students do not need to read chapters 1-7 of our new novel, Great Expectations (GE).  Please focus on studying for the Wuthering Heights novel test!

2/18:

To Be Collected on 2/25:
•Unit 7 Literature Study Questions
•Unit 8 Literature Study Questions

*Weekly Work:
-Bring your extra poetry examples from 2/11. We still plan on using in class.
-Novel Timeline Project – continue working on this project which is due on 3/4!
-Literature: Unit 8 (read and complete study questions). Agenda change: we will work on your form poem in class this week
-Novel Wksht: Responding and Novel Literary Elements Worksheet. Please click this link, print and complete for class this week: 2-25 Weekly Work
-Novel: Begin reviewing and studying for your novel test. Agenda change: you WILL NOT take your novel test this week. We will review in class together this week and your test will be moved to 3/4.

2/11:

Students, we missed you in class on Thursday but hope you had a safe ice day! For weekly work, complete your regular agenda assignments (Unit 7 literature and chapters 29-34 novel) for class next week. Please bring the extra poetry examples to class so we can discuss what was missed last week too. Stay warm and see you soon!

***BEGIN studying for your novel test for Wuthering Heights which is on 2/25! I will start guiding you this week in that as well.

2/4:
*Collected:
-Character Comparison essay
-Honors Option info

*Returned:
-Writing Portfolio

*In Class:
-BellRinger (Diary entry from a WH character’s perspective, student choice)
-Discussion of and notes over use of irony in literature; in-class activity
-Literature Discussion:  O’Henry’s A Retrieved Reformation
Novel Project information given–WH Timeline, should include at least 20 book events, any format (be creative), due 3/4

*Weekly Work:
-No Agenda Changes

1/28:
*Collected:
-WH Love Poem
– Unit 4 Study Questions

*Returned:
-Unit 3 Study Questions

*In Class:
-BellRinger–Journal Prompt (Opposites attract–good or bad?  Why?), discussion
-Discussed Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”
-Discussed and took notes on WH “family tree”; novel chapters 13-17; in-class group work on comparison essay of Edgar & Heathcliff (pros/cons of suitability for marriage, etc.)
-Weekly Work–No Changes

1/21:
*Collected:
-Writing Portfolio
-Literature Unit 3–Study Questions
Wuthering Heights Scavenger Hunt exercise

*Returned:
-Nothing

*In Class:
-BellRinger (Dictionary wksht–Wuthering Heights {WH})
-Listened to audio version of “The Telltale Heart”, and discussed story and plot; In-class writing prompt defending the protagonist’s state of mind
-Focused discussion of Chapter 8 (Wuthering Heights)
Weekly Work–Agenda Change

*Agenda Change*
-Students will write a “love poem” in the voice of Catherine (WH) to Heathcliff, due 1/28

1/14:
*Collected:
-Nothing

*Returned:
-Essay Rough Drafts

In Class:
-Wksht: Love Is… (class discussion on themes that occur in the novel)
-Chapter Summary Notes for WH Ch.1-8 – with much focus on character relationships and family ties plus Gothic elements of literature
-Discussed writing portfolio and handed out grading rubrics (need a 3 prong folder with pockets; due next week)

*No Agenda Changes*

1/7:
*Collected:
-Literature: Unit 1 Questions

*Returned:
-Vocabulary Sentences (with comments)
-Literature: Unit 1 Questions

In Class:
-Discussed new agenda, homework pass, and weekly work format
-Essay Portfolio:  Mrs. Amy will pass back rough drafts on 1/14, discuss requirements, and distribute grading rubrics
-Proper format for Literature Unit questions
-“Wuthering Heights” intro, discussion of setting, characters, and theme
-General discussion of components of novel interaction (setting, plot, character, theme, etc.)

*No Agenda Changes*

12/17:
Students completed their grammar semester midterms (these were graded and returned to students on Thursday) and enjoyed a fun Christmas party with food and gifts.

Thanks for a great semester! Have a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday break.

12/10:
*Collected:
-Essay First Draft
-Vocabulary Sentences Lessons 1-16

*Returned:
-Grammar Test: Punctuation
-VQ 15/16

*In Class:
-Took VQ 15/16
-Discussed midterm modifications which will be open notebook (organize in-summaries, notes, past tests) and grammar book
-Read aloud the short Christmas story: “The Gift of the Magi”
-Watched a short film of the story
Weekly Work:  Organize materials for midterm and study because it will be timed. Bring food items and gifts for our Christmas party! See previous email for specific details.

****Special note: Mrs. Tracie is quarantined from exposure for the remainder of the semester so please be patient with email responses, returned grades, makeup work, midterms, and progress reports. We need lots of grace! 🙂

12/3:
Collected:
*Punctuation Worksheet
*Grammar Ex 12.5

Returned:
*Grammar Exercises 12.17 & 12.5
*Grammar Test–Clauses & Agreement
*Intro/Body Paragraphs w/comments

In Class:
*Bell Ringer–Grammar Test review
*Grammar Test: Punctuation
*Mid-Term preparation (ask your student for details!)
*Christmas Party details (e-mail coming soon)
*Notes over Essay conclusion
*Weekly WorkAgenda Changes

Weekly Work:
*Agenda Change: Submit 5-paragraph essay draft (MUST include Introduction, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusion) due 12/8
*Essay draft must be: Typed, Double-spaced, Times New Roman (12 pt font), 1″ margin. Student name, date, and class should also be typed on draft.*
*Agenda Change: No Writing Portfolio due this semester (new date will be announced)
*Students should bring their old Grammar tests to class next week, as those will be helpful in completing their Mid-Term Study Guide (provided by Mrs. Amy)

LA9 2021 Spring Semester Agenda –  This is the basic outline for your spring 2021 semester in LA9. This will allow you to plan and be prepared each week and give you a plan for your work at home. Copies will be provided for students.

Academic Calendar 20-21 – the current calendar for the school year

Language Arts 9 20-21  – 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 Course Policy – please read and familiarize yourself with these policies before the first class.

Secondary Class Schedule 20-21 – times and days that each class meets.

If you have any questions, you can email the instructor at uuangel@yahoo.com. Please give 24 hours for a response.