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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.

Important Dates:

November 21 and 23 – Thanksgiving Break

11/16This morning we collected Grammar Exercises 12.5 for a grade and it has already been given back to your child. Our class discussion/ notes this morning was on Punctuation. After we return from the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will have several important dates/ assignments to remember! Our first day back in class will be November 30th. At that time we will take our next Grammar Test/ Chapter 12 : Punctuation. For this test, I will allow both sides of a standard size index card to be used for test notes.  A Vocabulary Quiz 13/14 will also be taken on November 30th. The final copy of your Writing Portfolio is also due on November 30th as well!  Please follow the guidelines we discussed for the complete format! { 3 prong folder, 4 stages, etc.)  I am looking forward to reading your best work!

December 7th we will begin reviewing for our final exam. A complete study guide will be given along with additional test information. . You will need to have all prior notes and tests available for the review. December 7th we will  now have our last Vocabulary Quiz 15/16. (note change).

The midterm exam will be taken on December 14th. We will end 2017 with a  class holiday celebration that day as well. We will even play a fun game of Dirty Santa!  Each student will need to bring a gift to swap of  $10 or less.

The Faith Tutorial office is in major need of paper. We ask that everyone contribute with a pack of paper for our copy machine. Thank you for all you do!

We wish everyone a Happy and safe Thanksgiving spent with  family and friends!

11/9: Students received their graded tests back this morning as well as their graded Conclusions. We collected the writing assignment over the Reformation. Vocabulary Quiz 11/12 was also taken in class this morning. Our class discussion focused on detailed information, notes and tips on revising your final essays. For grammar, we focused on Punctuation. On November 30th the final draft of the essay will be due. It should be turned in using a 3 prong folder. Included in this final essay copy should be the final draft, conclusion, body paragraph, and  introduction. Please make this is your very best work! No tests or quizzes will be given next week. Please follow the Agenda for all classwork, assignments, and questions.

Note: Our spring semester is soon approaching. Please be fully prepared as we start a new year with all of our required class supplies, novels and books.

11/2: Students received their graded vocabulary quizzes back. Progress reports were emailed to you yesterday. Please review and let us know if you have any questions. Today we spent the beginning of class reviewing for our grammar test. After completing the test, students completed a word search and a reading comprehension selection with study questions about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Weekly Work: Bring these two Reformation worksheets back to class next week. Writing addition – Research three ways that the church changed because of Luther and the Reformation. Write a fully developed paragraph with topic sentence, details, and closing sentence about this topic. Follow agenda for all other assignments including a Vocabulary Quiz over Lessons 11 and 12. 

10/26: We had a wonderful time celebrating with our class friends at our fall holiday party! Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success. We took our Vocabulary Quiz 9/10 this morning in class. The students received their graded body paragraphs for their essays. Please take a close look at my suggestions and make the appropriate changes/corrections to your essay. The conclusion section and all revisions of the essay are due next week! We will also have a Grammar Test on Chapters 8&9. Please be prepared! 

10/19: Welcome Back! We Hope everyone had a wonderful Fall Break spent with family and friends. The Grammar Tests have been graded and returned as well as the Preposition Poems. Our class discussion focused on a review of Chapter 8 Phrases and Clauses. We also practiced writing different types of sentences. The students enjoyed working with a partner in a fun game to reinforce this skill. 

For next week, be ready for our next Vocabulary Quiz lesson 9 & 10! The writing assignment for your conclusion paragraph will not be due next week. We will wait until the body paragraphs have been returned back to you so you can make the appropriate changes.

We will celebrate in our next class with a Fall Party! Please bring food and drinks to share with your friends!

10/5: We had a busy morning of testing today to find a good stopping point before fall break. Students took the Vocabulary Quiz over Lessons 7 and 8. These were graded and returned already. They also took their grammar test which will be returned after the break. Weekly work: no grammar exercises this week. Finish your body paragraphs of your animal essay and complete your next week vocabulary lesson. Have a great, safe fall break!

9/28: We started our morning with our bellringer that encouraged us to do some self reflection as a student. We looked at various areas of our classwork that could use improving, and where we have seen ourselves grow as 9th graders

We turned in Grammar Exercises 6.8 for a grade. They have already been returned back to your child. The Preposition Poem was also turned in and will be given back soon. Our class discussion focused on the three types of verbals from Chapter 7.

We reinforced the discussion with a fun game as a group and a class worksheet  For next week, please be prepared for 2 tests. The  Vocabulary Quiz 7/8, and Grammar Test Ch. 4,5,6,& 7. Study Hard!

For your writing assignment, we have made a small change. The body paragraphs are now due on October 19th. Be sure to make the appropriate revisions to your introductory paragraph that I suggested.  Please follow the agenda for all other classwork, questions, and assignments.

9/21: Parents, you should have received your student’s first progress report by email today. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We first completed a review over vocabulary lessons 5 and 6 before taking their Vocabulary Quiz today. These will be graded and returned next week. I collected grammar exercise 5-17 for a grade and their personal experience essays. These will be graded and returned as soon as possible. Then we took notes over Chapter 5: Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections. Finally, the students worked on writing a Preposition Poem (if they did not finish in class then this is part of their weekly work). For all other weekly work, just follow your agenda. Make sure to bring your graded introduction to class next week to begin working on writing your body paragraphs.

9/14: This morning the students started class by writing a letter to a victim of Hurricane Irma in their journals. They turned in their Grammar Exercises 4.13 page 97 for a grade. They have already been returned back to your child. Last weeks Vocabulary Quiz was also returned as well as the revised Animal Essay Introductions. In todays class discussion we focused on Adjectives and Adverbs/ Chapter 5. They enjoyed playing a fun game of Charades as a group to reinforce this skill. We ended our class with a worksheet on Adjectives/ Adverbs. Please finish this worksheet at home. For next week be sure to study for our next Vocabulary Quiz 5/6. The Writing assignment, “Personal Experience or Event” {page 138/139} is also due next week. Your child’s first Progress Report will be sent to you via email as well. Please let us know if you have any questions. 

9/7: The 9th graders turned in the Introduction portion of their writing assignment this morning. They will be graded and returned back as soon as possible. We took a Vocabulary Quiz this morning as well that will be also returned back soon. Our thorough class discussion and notes focused on Verbs. Afterward we paired up in small groups to play a fun game to reinforce our lesson. For next week, we have a small change to our Agenda. The Writing Assignment found in your Grammar book on pg.138 will not be due next week. The new Due Date for this assignment is September 21st. Please follow the Agenda for all other classwork, questions, and assignments.

8/31: The rain held out long enough for us to have another wonderful morning! We collected Grammar Exercises 3:19. It has already been graded and returned back to your child. The Summer Essay has also been graded and returned. We took a Grammar test this morning in class that covered Chapters 1,2,3 : Sentences, Nouns, & Pronouns. These Grammar tests have also already been graded and given back to all students. The collective writing assignment, My favorite Book, was also collected. This writing assignment will be graded and returned as soon as possible

For next week, please follow your Agenda for all questions, classwork and assignments. Study hard for your Vocabulary Quiz next week on Lessons 3/4! The topic of next weeks essay is, “If you could be an animal for one day, which animal would you choose and why?” The introduction to this essay will be due next class. Stay Safe and enjoy the holiday weekend.

8/24: This morning the students turned in their Grammar Exercises 2.5 & 2.12. They have already been graded and returned back to your child. We also had our very first Vocabulary Quiz 1& 2. I am so proud on how well they did! The vocabulary quizzes have also been graded and returned. In today’s class discussion, we discussed Chapters 2 & 3 from our Grammar books. Reminder: The students will have their first Grammar Test next week. Please study hard! The test will stem from Chapters 1,2, & 3 {nouns, sentences, and pronouns}.

As you complete your lengthy Grammar work from chapter 3 this week, please note this important Agenda Change. You only have to complete the exercises that are labeled, “Practice the Skill” & “Use the Skill”. The ones labeled ‘Review the Skill” can be omitted. Writing topic for paragraphs: your favorite novel. Please follow the Agenda for all other questions, classwork and assignments.

8/17:  We had a very busy morning in Language Arts 9. The Grammar exercises were collected, and have already been graded and returned back to your child. The writing assignment titled Personal Letter was also collected. They will be graded and returned back as soon as possible. 

In this morning’s class discussion we covered “Grammar Chapter 1: Sentences”. Next week we will discuss both Chapters 2 & 3. Be prepared for our first Vocabulary Quiz in class on Ch.1& 2! Follow your agenda for all classwork, assignments and questions

8/10: Welcome Back! It was a wonderful first day of school at Faith Tutorial! We loved seeing our old friends and  meeting some new ones. We spent the morning closely going over our class procedures, syllabus, and agenda. Each student should now have a clear idea of how our class will operate and my expectations. We did a curriculum check which was recorded as their first grade in our gradebook. For those who were still missing supplies, please bring  them next week. All students received a copy of our class agenda. Please refer to the class agenda this week for all weekly work and assignments which we went over how to complete in class. It is going to be a great school year!

LA9 Fall Semester Agenda 2017 – This is the basic outline for your fall 2017 semester in LA9. This will allow you to plan and be prepared each week and give you a plan for your work at home. As a class on the first day, we will discuss and practice how to prepare for each class in order to be successful in language arts which will include looking at this agenda. I will provide them with an example weekly schedule to aid in their success.

Language Arts 9 Supply List 2017-18 – students must come prepared for class the first day with all necessary materials.

Language Arts Courses policy – please read and familiarize yourself with these policies before the first class.

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