Amy Vaughan

Welcome to Language Arts 10-12 Honors Option at FAITH!

Welcome to Language Arts 10-12 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

11/16: This morning our class discussion/ notes were 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 9,11, & 12 : Adjective and Adverb 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 twill also be taken on November 30th. The final copy of your Writing Portfolio is  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!

For this weeks ” weekly work” on your Agenda  we do have a small change. You will now only be responsible for completing the ” Practice ” sections on  your Grammar Exercises. This will greatly lessen the work load to allow more time for upcoming assignments. Please omit the other sections! 

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). Study Hard!

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

11/7: 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. It has already been graded and returned back to your child. Our class discussion focused on detailed information, notes and tips on revising your final essays. The notes also focused on Chapter 9: Adjective and Adverb Use.

** On November 30th the final draft of the Essay will now  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. I also passed back their Family Metaphor Poem; I was overwhelmed by the level of thought, writing, creativity, and vulnerability this class showed. Way to go! Progress reports were emailed to you today. 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: 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 next week.

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. We took a second quiz as well on Indefinite Pronouns.  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 of the essay along with previous revisions is due next week! We will also have a Grammar Test on Chapters 7 & 8. 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. Our class discussion focused on a review of Chapter 7 Pronouns and Antecedents. We began writing a metaphor poem about our families. They are to finish these poems at home for classwork.
For next week, be ready for our next Vocabulary Quiz 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 after we reviewed as a class which will be returned after the break. I also collected the next step of the animal essay which should have included their revised introduction and body paragraphs. Weekly work: no grammar exercises this week or writing assignments. Complete your next week vocabulary lesson before 10/19. 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 10th-12h graders.
We turned in Grammar Exercises 5.8 for a grade.They have already been returned back to your child. Our class discussion focused on Chapter 6 over Verb Use: Mood, Voice & Tone.
We reinforced the discussion with an Active & Passive Voice class worksheet.  For next week, please be prepared for 2 tests. The  Vocabulary Quiz 7/8, and Grammar Test Chapter 5 & 6. Study Hard!
Your Writing Assignment 3 Body Paragraphs is also due. Don’t forget to have a creative title. 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. Students began by taking their Vocabulary Quiz over Lessons 5 and 6 today. These will be graded and returned next week. I did not collect anything today for a weekly work grade. Then we took notes over Chapter 5: Agreement. Finally, the students practiced SV Agreement by playing a review game of trashketball. For weekly work, follow your agenda EXCEPT no metaphor poem due. Make sure to bring your graded introduction to class next week to begin working on writing your body paragraphs. These body paragraphs are DUE ON 10/5.

9/14: We started our morning by writing a letter in our journals to a victim of the recent Hurricane Irma. We discussed Grammar Exercise 3.1/ page 58 in class but the exercise was not collected for a grade. The students did receive last weeks graded Vocabulary Quiz 3/4 as well as the revised Animal Essay Introductions.This morning we also reviewed Grammar/ Chapters 3 & 4 before taking todays open note test on Phrases and Clauses. The Chapter 3/4 Phrases and Clauses test will be graded and returned back next week.

Be sure to study for next week’s Vocabulary Quiz 5/6! Your child’s first Progress Report will be sent to you next week via email. Please let us know if you have any questions.

9/7: The students who have chosen the Honors Option turned in their Author Biography this morning. All students took a Vocabulary Quiz this morning that will be graded and returned back next class. In our thorough class discussion , we discussed and took notes Phrases & Clauses. We broke into small groups and played a fun game to reinforce this skill. Chapters 3 & 4 will be on next week’s Grammar Test. The test will now be an “Open Note” test. Please be prepared to do your best! Follow the Agenda for all questions, classwork, and assignments.

8/31: We beat the rain and were able to have another great day! Honors contracts were collected from those who have chosen this option. The writing assignment, My favorite Book was collected this morning in class. They will be graded and returned back as soon as possible. The students took their first Grammar Test over chapters 1& 2 today as well. Tests will be returned to your child next week.  Be ready for next week’s Vocabulary Quiz: Lessons 3 & 4. Please study hard! Your writing assignment is due next week. You will only be responsible for the Introduction paragraph of the essay.

Topic Reminder: If you could be an animal for just one day, which animal would you choose and why?

Please follow the Agenda for all other classwork, questions, and assignments. Stay safe and dry!

8/ 24: The students took their first Vocabulary Quiz 1&2 today in class. These will be graded and returned back to them next week. Grammar assignment 1.10 was collected, graded, and returned back to your child. In our class discussion we discussed Chapter one “Parts of Speech” from our Grammar books. We enjoyed a group activity associated with this topic. Please finish the notes (write 5 sentences and label all parts of speech) at home this week from our class activity. We ran out of time to complete them in class.

Our first Grammar test on chapters 1& 2 will be next week. Study hard!

The writing assignment found on page 81 in your Grammar book will be due as well. Writing Assignment: write a literature response about your favorite book (this can be any from children’s literature to complete novels). Begin with a brief synopsis of your book, give specific details and reasons why this book is your favorite, what emotions do you feel while reading it, analyze characters, and summarize your thoughts. Type this with Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1 inch margin, and double space with a TITLE.

Please follow the Agenda for all other questions, classwork and assignments.

8/17: We had a very busy morning in Language Arts 10-12. 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. Please Note Agenda change: The Grammar test has been moved to August 31st as well as the writing for grammar page 81!

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!

LA10-12 Fall Semester Agenda 2017 – This is the basic outline for your fall 2017 semester in LA10-12. 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 10-12 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 Please give 24 hours for a response.