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. To find out more about our classroom assistant, please read here: About Mrs. Tracie.

Important Dates & Announcements:

*Making A Difference: LA 7-12 Holiday Service Project–see your FAITH email for details.  Collection Dates: November 29–December 6*

11/29:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #15
*Before You Became poem

Returned:
*Poetry Term quiz
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #15
*Black Out Poetry

In Class:
*BellRinger: Fall Puzzle
*Writing:  Interactive PowerPoint presentation and notes over College Essay writing, including opportunities for students to evaluate and give feedback on exemplar essays

Weekly Work–Agenda Change:
*Our Holiday “Making A Difference” project is underway.  Today, in class, your student signed up for an item to bring to complete a holiday meal bag.
*Students will compose an original “I Am” poem as was discussed today in class. Due 12/6.

11/15:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 14
*Poetry Packet

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 14
*VQ, Lessons 13-14
*Shape/Picture Poetry
*Haiku (8)

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Thanksgiving Puzzle
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 13-14
*Writing:  Interactive PowerPoint and notes over College Essay Writing

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda

**Students who were absent today should contact a classmate for the College Essay Writing notes**

11/8:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 13
*Haiku packet

Returned:
*Realistic Fiction
*Picture/Shape poem
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 13

In Class:
*BellRinger:  ACT Prep worksheet
*Writing: Poetry Terms quiz
*Writing: Three (More) Types of Poetry (I’m Nobody, Cascading, and Black Out); Interactive PowerPoint presentation, notes, and YouTube instructional video about black-out poetry.  Using magazines, newspaper, or book/text copy, students began their black-out poetry assignment.

Weekly Work–Agenda Change–See Below
*Students will compose the following original forms of poetry:  “I’m Nobody” (1), Cascading (1), and BlackOut (2), due 11/15.

11/1:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 12
*Poem analysis (student-selected)
*Original poem (picture or shape)

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 12
*VQ, Lessons 11-12

In Class:
*BellRinger: ACT Prep worksheet
*Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 11-12
*Writing:  Interactive PowerPoint presentation over Poetry (complete with poetry terms); notes and YouTube interview on the art of Haiku.

Weekly Work–Agenda Changes–See Below
*Study for poetry terms quiz
*Students should bring a magazine, newspaper article, or copy of text from a book for in-class activity

10/25:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 11
*Realistic Fiction piece

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 11

In Class:
*Bell Ringer: ACT Prep worksheet
*Writing:  Interactive PowerPoint presentation and notes over Poetry (included readings, group analysis, etc.)

*Weekly Work:  Agendas Change–See Below
Agenda Changes:
*Analyze a professional poem or song lyrics, using the 11 questions from the course pack (due 11/1)
*Write an original poem–either picture-based or form/shape (due 11/1)

10/18:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 10
*Realistic fiction drafts

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 10
*VQ, Lessons 9-10
*Science Fiction writing

In Class:
BellRinger:  ACT Prep–Parts of Speech worksheet
Vocabulary:  VQ, Lessons 9-10
Writing:  Realistic Fiction (RF) peer editing using the THINK method (interactive PowerPoint presentation); students exchanged writing two times for peer response.  Our students are doing a fantastic job with peer review and response to each other’s work!

Weekly Work:
*Intro to Poetry, next week (10/25)

10/11:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 9

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 9

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Crossword
*Writing:  Continued discussion of Realistic Fiction (RF), breaking into groups to discuss plot elements in the assigned RF short stories in the course pack.  Class discussion of dialect, dialogue, hyperbole, etc.  Mrs. Amy read aloud another chapter of “Wonder” to demonstrate accurate dialogue in realistic fiction stories.

Weekly Work:
*Complete organizer/outline worksheet in curriuculum guide for your RF story
*Write your draft of your realistic fiction story

10/4:
Collected:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 8
*Sci-Fi Story

Returned:
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson 8
*VQ, Lessons 7-8

In Class:
BellRinger: Study for  VQ!
Vocabulary:  VQ Lessons 7-8
Writing:  Sci-Fi stories–peer evaluations using rubric provided in course pack; Intro to Realistic Fiction (notes and interactive PowerPoint presentation)

*Weekly Work:  Agenda Change–See Below

Agenda Change:
*No Realistic Fiction draft due on 10/11

Happy Fall Break!

9/27:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #7

Returned:
*Twisted Fairy Tales
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #7

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Autumn Word Search–Happy Fall!
*CW:  In a one-on-one workshop style, students provided feedback on each other’s
Science Fiction outlines; group shared the premise for their Sci-Fi stories.  Reviewed Sci-Fi conventions in course pack.
*Grammar/CW:  Refresher notes on dialogue punctuation
*Weekly Work–we are one week behind on our Agenda;  Sci-Fi stories due 10/4

9/20:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #6

Returned:
*VQ, Lessons 5-6
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson #6

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Study for VQ
*Vocabulary: VQ, Lessons 5-6
*Creative Writing–Science Fiction:  Discussion of “Foghorn” analysis; “Rains” discussion; group activity tackling a storyline and plot elements for a “What If” sci-fi scenario, provided by Mrs. Amy
*Honors Option: Honors students received their agenda packets
*Weekly Work:  Agenda Change–See Below

Weekly Work:  Agenda Change
*Students should only complete outline for original SF story (due 9/27)

9/13:
Collected:
*Twisted Fairy Tales
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lesson #5
*Honors Applications

Returned:
*VQ, Lessons 3-4
*Vocabulary Sentences, Lessons 4-5

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Journal Prompt (CW Coursepack–thoughts on loneliness)
*Creative Writing:  Intro to Science Fiction (interactive PowerPoint presentation, students viewed an interview with Ray Bradbury); Read-aloud Bradbury’s “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms”, and discussed plot elements, use of strong adjectives and verbs, etc. ; students began analysis of “The Foghorn”.  Weekly Work:  Agenda Changes–See Below

Weekly Work–Agenda Changes:
*Finish “The Foghorn” analysis at home
*Read “There Will Come Soft Rains” and complete analysis
*Find a Sci-Fi short story, and bring a copy to class

9/6:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 4

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Sentence Parts (worksheet)/study for VQ
*Honors Option:  Mrs. Tracie presented information about the LA10-11 Honors option and interested students received application packets.  Parents will receive an informational e-mail from the FAITH account later this week.   Application deadline is 9/15.
*Vocabulary:  VQ Quiz 3/4
*Creative Writing/Fairy Tales:  Students shared and analyzed their “found” Fairy Tale, using a rubric in their textbook.  Then, using the TAG Method (Tell/Ask/Give), students shared their original Twisted Fairy Tale outlines within their group–and received some valuable feedback.  Group discussions were lively and interesting!

Weekly Work:  Follow agenda

8/30:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 3

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 3

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Journal “Would You Rather…?” and discussion
*Creative Writing:  Discussion and evaluation of “The Juniper Tree”; continued discussion of fairy tales (specifically theme and symbolism); listened to audio re-telling of “Cinderella”, identified and discussed exaggerated elements, theme, film adaptations, etc.

Weekly Work:
*Follow agenda (Work on your own “twisted fairy tale”, following conventions discussed in class)
*Find a fairy tale (online or in print) and bring to class 9/6

8/23:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 2

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 2
*E-mail Evaluation rubric
*Vocab Quiz (VQ), Lessons 1-2

In Class:
*BellRinger:  Grammar Exercise
*Vocabulary: VQ, Lessons 1-2
*Writing:  Completed “Intro to Creative Writing” notes; began notes and discussion over Fairy Tales
*Weekly Work:  Agenda Change–See Below

Agenda Change:
*Students should read “The Frog King” and  “The Juniper Tree” and complete evaluations provided in course pack.

8/16:
Collected:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 1

Returned:
*Vocab Sentences, Lesson 1

In Class:
BellRinger: “Would You Rather?” journal prompts and lively class discussion
Writing:  Notes over E-mail Etiquette (PPT presentation); Students critiqued four fictional e-mails, in a small group, and shared their thoughts with the class.
Creative Writing:  Due to the extent and depth of the e-mail etiquette discussion, introductions to creative writing and fairy tales will begin next week.

Weekly Work:
*Follow the agenda

8/9:
Collected:
*Signed Course Policy sheet
*Ream of copy paper (Thank You!)

In Class:
*Tutor and Classroom Teaching Assistant intros
*”Get To Know You” stations which included “All About Me” worksheets, Course Policy/Agenda scavenger hunt, and book recommendations
*Reviewed Course Policies
*Agenda Change–See Below

Weekly Work:
*Agenda Change:   We will discuss and collect the “Holiday” paragraph at our next class meeting (8/16)
*Follow agenda

Before Class on 8/9:

1. Writing – ***Respond to prompt in paragraph form (bring first day): -If you could make up a new holiday, when would it be and what would it celebrate? What activities (gifts, decorations, food, gatherings, etc.) would be involved?

2. Vocabulary – None

3. Read each helpful link below for class information. Please print and sign the course policy sheet and bring to class on 8/9.

LA10-12 Fall Semester Agenda 2022  –  This is the basic outline for your fall 2022 semester in LA10/12. 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.

Academic Calendar 22-23 – school calendar

Language Arts 10-12 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.