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:

Progress Reports have been e-mailed to parents and students.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

March 16, 18 – Spring Break

Please be sure you have purchased Great Expectations (Dickens) and the Progeny Press study guide.  We will begin the novel next week, after the WH test!


Novel Test Review: Wuthering Heights Test Review

-Units 7/8 Literature Study Questions

-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!



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.


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.

-Character Comparison essay
-Honors Option info

-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


-WH Love Poem
– Unit 4 Study Questions

-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

-Writing Portfolio
-Literature Unit 3–Study Questions
Wuthering Heights Scavenger Hunt exercise


*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



-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*

-Literature: Unit 1 Questions

-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*


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.

-Essay First Draft
-Vocabulary Sentences Lessons 1-16

-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! 🙂

*Punctuation Worksheet
*Grammar Ex 12.5

*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 Please give 24 hours for a response.